Gilbert DE LA MATYR, Congress, IN (1825-1892)


DE LA MATYR, Gilbert, a Representative from Indiana; born in Pharsalia, Chenango County, N.Y., July 8, 1825; pursued an academic course; was a graduate of the theological course of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1854; itinerant elder in that church; member of the general conference in 1868, and for one term filled the office of presiding elder; during the Civil War helped enlist the Eighth Regiment of New York Heavy Artillery in 1862, and was its chaplain for three years; after holding pastorates in several large cities he settled in Indianapolis, Ind., and continued his ministerial duties; elected as a National candidate to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; moved to Denver, Colo., in 1881 and again engaged in preaching; pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Akron, Ohio, from 1889 until his death in that city May 17, 1892; interment in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion, N.Y.


Doolen, Richard M. “Pastor in Politics: The Congressional Career of Reverend Gilbert De La Matyr.” Indiana Magazine of History 68 (June 1972): 103-24.

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