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The Resource John Gibson letters

John Gibson letters

Label
John Gibson letters, 1812-1816
Title
John Gibson letters
Inclusive dates
1812-1816
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The collection largely contains letters written to John Gibson while Secretary, and then Acting Governor, of the Indiana Territory. The letters are from several different officers regarding territorial affairs. There is one letter from John Gibson regarding the incorporation of Vincennes
Biographical or historical data
John Gibson was born on May 23, 1740, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He served under General Forbes during an expedition against Fort DuQuesne, on the present site of Pittsburgh. Afterwards, he remained there to trade with the Native Americans. In 1763, he was captured by Native Americans and spent some time with them, learning their customs and acquiring several languages. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he took command of a Virginia regiment. Following the war, he returned to Pittsburgh. Gibson served as a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention; a Major General of the militia; and as an associate judge. In 1800, he was appointed secretary of the Indiana Territory, a post he held until Indiana became a state in 1816. During the War of 1812, Gibson became Acting Governor of the Indiana Territory while William Henry Harrison was engaged in battle. He was forced to retire from public office in 1816 due to an incurable cataract. He died on April 16, 1822, in Vincennes, Indiana.
Cataloging source
ISL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1740-1822
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gibson, John
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gibson, John
  • Governors
  • Indiana
  • United States
  • Gibson, John
  • War of 1812
  • Governors
  • Indiana
  • United States
Label
John Gibson letters
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2076
Instantiates
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17552326
Extent
1
Governing access note
The collection is open for research use
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn247212357
  • (OCoLC)247212357
Terms governing use
Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.
Type of unit
folder
Label
John Gibson letters
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2076
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17552326
Extent
1
Governing access note
The collection is open for research use
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn247212357
  • (OCoLC)247212357
Terms governing use
Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.
Type of unit
folder

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