GILBERT, Edward, a Representative from California; born in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, N.Y., about 1819; attended the public schools; was a compositor on the Albany Argus in 1839, and later an associate editor; during the war with Mexico served as first lieutenant of Company H in Col. J.D. Stevenson's New York Volunteer Regiment; arrived with his company in San Francisco in March 1847; was in command of the detachment and deputy collector of the port of San Francisco in 1847 and 1848, when the regiment was disbanded; became founder and editor of the Alta California in 1849; member of the State constitutional convention in 1849; upon the admission of California as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first Congress and served from September 11, 1850, to March 3, 1851; was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; killed in a duel with Gen. James W. Denver, near Sacramento, Calif., August 2, 1852; interment in Lone Mountain (now Laurel Hill) Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.

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The Copley Press
J.S. Copley Library

La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1850, 1 page. A letter from John Charles Frémont to President Millard Fillmore written on September 12, 1850. In the letter, Frémont writes "We respectfully recommend as Senators and Representatives of the State of California the appointment of Bennett I. Riley as a midshipman in the Navy of the United States." The letter also is signed by others including Edward Gilbert.

Oregon Historical Society
Research Library

Portland, OR
Papers: 1852, 1 folder. A letter by F. E. Webster to Captain Z. C. Norton, of Portland, Oregon, 1 p, August 15, 1852, laminated and bound with California News (per Steamer Panama), 1 p, August 14, 1852, featuring details of the funeral of Henry Clay and the death of Edward Gilbert in a duel.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1850, 3 pages. A letter from William M. Gwin to Thomas H. Bayly written on April 6, 1850. In the letter, Gwin writes concerning a floating dry dock for the Port of San Francisco. Sent just months after the start of the Gold Rush, Gwin notes in his letter that the House Ways and Means Committee has approved the funding and construction of a dock. However, no date is set for construction, which creates doubt as to its importance. Gwin's plea to Bayley [sic], who was chairman of the Committee, stresses the importance of a dock for economic and commercial reasons due to the Gold Rush, as well as potential usage by the merchant and naval service. At the conclusion of the letter is an additional recommendation signed by E. Gilbert and G.W. Wright.
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