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Name:    Gibson, Charles
Description:    Charles Gibson was a law partner of U.S. Attorney General Edward Bates during the years leading up to the Civil War. He and Bates worked to maintain peace in the border state of Missouri, especially after Union General Harney was removed from his post as western commander due to his reluctance to take a hard stance with secessionists. Gibson and Bates were concerned about the impact of military authority in St. Louis and tried to bolster the standing of provisional Unionist Governor Hamilton Gamble, who also happened to be Gibson’s uncle-in-law.

Gibson was later appointed as solicitor of the court of claims in Washington, D.C. He and his wife were among the earliest residents of the Lafayette Square neighborhood.

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Lafayette Square



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