Gibson Atherton

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Gibson Atherton
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded by Ebenezer B. Finley
Succeeded by George W. Geddes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Adoniram J. Warner
Succeeded by George L. Converse
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
August 20, 1885 – December 16, 1885
Appointed by George Hoadly
Preceded by John W. Okey
Succeeded by William T. Spear
Personal details
Born (1831-01-19)January 19, 1831
Newark, Ohio
Died November 10, 1887(1887-11-10) (aged 56)
Newark, Ohio
Resting place Cedar Hill Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Margaret A. E. Kumler
Children four
Alma mater Denison University
Miami University

Gibson Atherton (January 19, 1831 – November 10, 1887) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born near Newark, Ohio, Atherton attended Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1853. He served as Principal of the local academy at Osceola, Missouri, in 1853 and 1854.

Later he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Newark, Ohio where he also served as president of the board of education of Newark for fifteen years.

Atherton was elected prosecuting attorney of Licking County in 1857 and reelected in 1859 and 1861. While serving as mayor of Newark 1860-1864, he was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the State senate in 1863. He ran for judge of the court of common pleas in 1866, but was unsuccessful. Other local and national political service included time as member of the city council of Newark for two years and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at St. Louis in 1876.

Atherton was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883), but afterwards chose not to seek renomination. Atherton was appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court by Governor Hoadly August 20, 1885 to fill a vacancy created by the death of John W. Okey. He lost election for the remaining two years of Okey's term that autumn to his Republican opponent, and resigned December 16 of that year.[1]

After retiring from the bench, he resumed the practice of law until his death in Newark, Ohio, November 10, 1887. He was interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Atherton married Margaret A. E. Kumler in Butler County, Ohio on November 18, 1856. They had four children.[1]


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ebenezer B. Finley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
George W. Geddes
Preceded by
Adoniram J. Warner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
George L. Converse