Ernest William GIBSON, Jr., Congress, VT (1901-1969)

Senate Years of Service:

GIBSON, Ernest William, Jr., (son of Ernest Willard Gibson), a Senator from Vermont; born in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vt., March 6, 1901; attended the public schools; graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., in 1923; active in the Reserves throughout his life; member of the faculty of New York Military Academy, Cornwall, N.Y., 1923-1924; computer in the Coast and Geodetic Survey 1924-1927; attended George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C.; admitted to the bar in 1926 and commenced practice in Brattleboro, Vt., in 1927; State’s attorney of Windham County, Vt., 1929-1933; assistant secretary of the Vermont State senate 1931-1933 and secretary 1933-1940; appointed on June 24, 1940, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Ernest W. Gibson, and served from June 24, 1940, to January 3, 1941; was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy; during the Second World War served in the South Pacific and was discharged as a colonel 1941-1945; Governor of Vermont 1946-1950, resigned to accept a judicial position; appointed a United States district judge for the district of Vermont 1950-1969; died in Brattleboro, Vt., November 4, 1969; interment in Morningside Cemetery.


Hand, Ernest. Friends, Neighbors and Political Allies: Reflections on the Gibson-Aiken Connection. Occasional Paper No. 11, Center for Research on Vermont. Burlington: University of Vermont, 1986.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present