Robert Jackson GAMBLE, Congress, SD (1851-1924)

Senate Years of Service:

GAMBLE, Robert Jackson, (brother of John Rankin Gamble and father of Ralph Abernethy Gamble), a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota; born in Genesee County, near Akron, Erie County, N.Y., February 7, 1851; moved with his parents to Fox Lake, Wis., in 1862; graduated from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., in 1874; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Yankton, Territory of Dakota (now South Dakota); district attorney for the second judicial district of the Territory of Dakota 1880; city attorney of Yankton 1881-1882; member, Territorial council 1885; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896; elected to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); chairman, Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Fifty-sixth Congress); elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1901; reelected in 1906, and served from March 4, 1901, to March 3, 1913; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1912; chairman, Committee on Indian Depredations (Fifty-seventh Congress), Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (Fifty-eighth through Sixtieth Congresses), Committee on Enrolled Bills (Sixty-first Congress), Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-second Congress); moved to Sioux Falls, S.Dak., in 1915; resumed the practice of law; referee in bankruptcy, southern district of South Dakota 1916-1924; member of the National Executive Committee of the League to Enforce Peace; died in Sioux Falls, S.Dak., September 22, 1924; interment in Yankton Cemetery, Yankton, S.Dak.


Pressler, Larry. âRobert J. Gamble.â In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 41-47. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.

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