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Gibbs, George, Colonel

American, 1776 - 1833

George Gibbs [1776-1833] was the third of that name in a family established in America by James Gibbs, who had emigrated from Bristol, England in about 1670. An amateur scientist, George Gibbs inherited a considerable fortune, with which he was able to amass what would become the largest and most valuable mineral collection in the United States. His interests led to a friendship with Benjamin Silliman, professor of Chemistry and Natural History at Yale University. In 1810 Gibbs put his collection on display at Yale; in 1825 the University purchased it. Gibbs' association with Silliman led, in 1818, to the introduction of the American Journal of Science. Gibbs was married to Laura Wolcott, daughter of Oliver Wolcott, who served as secretary of the US Treasury and governor of Connecticut. They had three sons, Oliver, George and Alfred.
DAB, 1943, VII: 244-245
Gibbs, George. The Gibbs Family of Rhode Island and Some Related Families. New York, 1933: 18-21
Beckham, Stephen Dow. "Colonel George Gibbs," in Benjamin Silliman and his Circle: Studies on the Influence of Benjamin Silliman on Science in America. Leonard G. Wilson, ed. New York, 1979:28-47.
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