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Ernest W. Gibson

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Gibson, Ernest W. Jr. 1901-1969
Title
Ernest W. Gibson
Dates [inclusive]
1947-1950
Quantity
14 cartons
Shelf location
Library Research Annex.
Language
English
Abstract
The Ernest W. Gibson Jr. part of the collections includes 15 linear feet of correspondence, speeches, reports, printed material, newspaper clippings, photographs and other papers relating to Gibson's career as State' Attorney for Windham County (1929-1933, secretary for the Vermont State Senate (1931-1940, U. S. Senator from Vermont (1940-1941), military service during World War II (1942-1945) and Governor of Vermont, 1947-1950.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Ernest W. Gibson, Jr. Collection, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1997 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the State Archives in 1969

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Biography

Early years. Ernest William Gibson, of Brattleboro, Republican, was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, March 6, 1901; graduated from Brattleboro High School, 1919; Norwich University (A.B. 1923); and attended George Washington University Law School at night from 1924-1927. Practiced law in Brattleboro since 1927. He held the following degrees: A.B., LL.D., D.J.S.

Pre-World War II Political Activities. Assistant secretary, Vermont State Senate, 1931-1933. Secretary, Vermont State Senate, 1933-1940; United States Senator to fill out term of his father, the Honorable Ernest W. Gibson, from June, 1940 to January, 1941; national chairman, Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies (so-called William Allen White Committee), January 1941 to May, 1941.

Military Service. Assigned to the 43rd Infantry Division; went overseas with the 43rd Division September, 1942, into the South Pacific area. He served as deputy director, Intelligence Branch, Military Intelligence Service, Washington, D.,C., January, 1944 to September, 1945; was discharged as colonel December 25, 1945. He was wounded while overseas. Holder of following decorations: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, War Department Citation.

Governor and Judge. Elected governor of Vermont, November, 1946; reelected governor November, 1948. Nominated for Federal Judgeship by President Truman, September, 1949; confirmed by U.S. Senate; resigned as governor of Vermont January 15, 1950; sworn in as U.S. District Judge January 16, 1950 Married Dorothy Switzer in 1926, which marriage produced three sons, one daughter. After his first wife's death, he married Mrs. Ann Haag. Became chief federal judge of the District of Vermont in 1966. In 1968 he presided over the investigation into the "Irasburg Affair".

He died in Brattleboro on November 4, 1969 after a stroke, age 68, survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.

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Scope and Content

The arrangement of these papers is the same as the microfilm. The folder titles or topics, which appear in our guide to the contents of these papers, were copied verbatim from the folders which were sent to the Library by Mr. Hill in 1969. This "A" Collection is so labeled in order to distinguish it from the collection of other Gibson Papers presented to the Library by Ernest W. Gibson, III, which as of August, 1974, were not yet inventoried nor calendared nor analyzed. The arrangement of these papers is the same as the microfilm.

The Earnest W. Gibson Jr. "B" collection is the major subdivision of the Gibson Family Papers. Descriptions of the Ernest W.,Gibson Sr. papers (Approximately 4.5 linear feet) and the Preston Gibson papers (Approximately .5 linear feet) are available from Special Collections. The Ernest W. Gibson Jr. part of the collections includes 15 linear feet of correspondence, speeches, reports, printed material, newspaper clippings, photographs and other papers relating to Gibson's career as State' Attorney for Windham County (1929-1933, secretary for the Vermont State Senate (1931-1940, U. S. Senator from Vermont (1940-1941), military service during World War II (1942-1945) and Governor of Vermont, 1947-1950. The dates of the collection run from 1927-1968, with the bulk of materials in the period 1930-1950.

The collection has been divided into thirteen series and these are arranged chronologically to reflect the career changes in Gibson's Life. The "A" collection is comprised of Series IX and X, the period of his governorship. Series XII is a catchall, including a variety of subjects relating to Gibson. These were separated from the main body of papers in order to highlight them.

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