WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
(lawyer, probate judge)
BIOGRAPHYGibson Clark was born December 5, 1844 in Millwood, Clarke County, Virginia.
Gibson fought in the Civil War from 8/15/1863 to 4/9/1865. After the war, he returned home to Virginia. In 1866, got a job as a mercantile clerk in St. Louis, Missouri. Later that year, he traveled to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, where he was employed as a clerk and bookkeeper until 1872. He served in the Wyoming territorial legislature in 1871-1872.
From 1872-1883, he was engaged in mining in Nevada and Utah. In Utah, he read law and was admitted to the bar in the territory in 1880. On the 1880 census, he was listed as an attorney, living in Silver Reef. He served as the secretary of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Silver Reef and was one of the original organizers of the Good Fellowship Lodge No. 6 of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Gibson was a member of the fire committee, organized after the great fire of 1879 in Silver Reef. In March of 1880, Gibson was Secretary of the Christy Mining Company. In 1881, he was appointed the Supreme Court Commissioner for Silver Reef. He was a notary public and was a probate judge for Washington County. From 1883 to 1885, Gibson served as the US Commissioner for Silver Reef.
He married Frances Amanda Johnson in 1881 in the Utah Territory. She was from Iowa.
By 1885, he was a lawyer living with his wife and two sons in Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado. In 1886, they moved to Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, where Gibson built up a lucrative business and won an enviable reputation. He was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1892, and qualified as a Justice in 1893. He resigned his position to accept President Cleveland's nomination as US District attorney in August 1894. He resumed his private law practice in 1898. He also served as a trustee for the Cheyenne school district and University of Wyoming.
Gibson suffered a paralytic stroke from which he never recovered, however he was able to continue his profession. He died December 15, 1914 in Cheyenne. His funeral was held at St. Mark's Episcopal church. He was buried in Lot 765 Space B of the Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne.
Frances died in 1918 in Claremont, Los Angeles County, California. She was returned to Cheyeene and buried in Lot 765 Space C of the Lakeview Cemetery.
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.
Find-A-Grave entry for Gibson Clark
Find-A-Grave entry for Frances A Johnson Clark