John Peter Shindel Gobin (January 21, 1837 – May 1, 1910) was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 17th district from 1885 to 1898 and as the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

John P. S. Gobin
John P. S. Gobin
7th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
In office
January 17, 1899 – January 20, 1903
GovernorWilliam Stone
Preceded byWalter Lyon
Succeeded byWilliam Brown
President pro tempore
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
May 28, 1891 – June 1, 1893
Preceded byBoies Penrose
Succeeded byWesley Thomas
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 17th district
In office
January 6, 1885 – January 17, 1899[1]
Preceded byCyrus Lantz
Succeeded bySamuel Weiss
Personal details
Born(1837-01-21)January 21, 1837
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
DiedMay 1, 1910(1910-05-01) (aged 73)
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Annie M. Howe (1841–1913) (m. 1865)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
Pennsylvania National Guard
Years of service1861–1866 (Union Army)
1870–1907 (National Guard)
RankUnion Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel (USV)
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Bvt. Brigadier General
Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Major General (National Guard)
Commands47th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment
2nd Bde, 1st Div, XIX Corps
Coleman Guards
8th Regiment, PA National Guard
3rd Brigade, PA National Guard
PA National Guard Division
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Spanish–American War

Early lifeEdit

Gobin was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1837, the oldest of four children of Samuel and Susanna Gobin Shindel.[2][3][4] He was educated locally and became an apprentice at the Sunbury American newspaper, where he was trained as a printer.[5] He then read law with M. L. Shindel and John K. Clement, the father of Charles M. Clement, with whom Gobin later served in the National Guard.[6] Gobin was admitted to the bar in 1858, and began to practice in Sunbury.[7]

Civil WarEdit

In 1861 Gobin enlisted for the American Civil War and was commissioned a first lieutenant in Company F of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry. After the unit's three-month term of service expired Gobin organized Company C of the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, which he commanded as a captain.[8]

The 47th Pennsylvania served throughout the rest of the war, primarily in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia, and Gobin rose through the ranks to become the regiment's colonel and commander. Major General Philip H. Sheridan rewarded Gobin for his performance at the Battle of Pocotaligo in South Carolina by recommending him for the brevet rank of brigadier general. On July 6, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Gobin for appointment to the grade of brevet brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on July 23, 1866.[9] Near the end of the war he commanded 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, XIX Corps. After the surrender of the Confederacy, Gobin served as a Provost Marshal in South Carolina and Georgia until he was mustered out of the service on January 9, 1866.[10][11][12]

Post-Civil WarEdit

After the war Gobin moved to Lebanon, Pennsylvania and resumed the practice of law. He was also active in the Grand Army of the Republic and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. From 1897 to 1898 he was the G.A.R.'s national commander.[13]

In addition to practicing law, Gobin was active in several businesses, including the local gas lighting company, the First National Bank of Lebanon, the City Mutual Fire Insurance Company and the Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad.[14]

Gobin also carried out several civic responsibilities, including member of the board of trustees of Pennsylvania's Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, member of the board of commissioners of the Soldiers' Orphans Home, and member of the board of commissioners of the Gettysburg Monument Association.[15]

Political careerEdit

A Republican, Gobin was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 17th district in 1884 and served from 1885 to 1899.[16] He was the body's President pro tempore from 1891 through 1893.[17]

In 1898 Gobin was elected lieutenant governor, and he served from 1899 to 1903.[18]

Continued military serviceEdit

In 1870 Gobin returned to military service as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, commanding a company in Lebanon called the Coleman Guards with the rank of captain. In 1874 he was named commander of the 8th Regiment with the rank of colonel. In 1885 he was promoted to brigadier general as commander of the 3rd Brigade.[19]

In 1898 Gobin was appointed to command his brigade when it was federalized for the Spanish–American War. He led his brigade during mobilization and training near Augusta, Georgia, but resigned in order to run for lieutenant governor, and returned to National Guard service in Pennsylvania.[20][21]

In 1906 he was promoted to major general as commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard Division, succeeding Charles Miller. He commanded the division until he retired in 1907, and was succeeded by John A. Wiley.[22][23]

Additional activitiesEdit

Gobin was also a member of the Freemasons, Knights Templar, and Odd Fellows. He served as Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar in North America from 1889 to 1892.[24]

Death and burialEdit

Gobin died in Lebanon on May 1, 1910.[25] He was interred at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.[26][27]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate – 1899–1900" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  2. ^ Charles Morris, editor, Men of the Century, 1896, page 261
  3. ^ Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction, Scottish Rite Freemasons, Abstract of Proceedings of the Annual Meeting Proceedings of the Supreme Council, 1910, page 309
  4. ^ Georgia Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, Annual Conclave Proceedings, 1910, page 57
  5. ^ William P. Smull (Harrisburg), Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania, 1885, page 808
  6. ^ Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction, Scottish Rite Freemasons, Abstract of Proceedings of the Supreme Council, 1910, page 309
  7. ^ William Henry Powell, editor, Officers of the Army and Navy (Volunteer) who Served in the Civil War, 1893, page 127
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1887, page 266
  9. ^ Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 978-0-8047-3641-1. p. 746.
  10. ^ New York Press Company, New York Press Almanac, 1898, page 298
  11. ^ U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Congress: Proposed Volunteer Retired List, 1906, page 57
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, A Campaign Text-book for 1898, 1898, pages 15–20
  13. ^ L.R. Hamersly & Company (New York), Who's Who in Pennsylvania: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporaries, Volume 2, 1908, pages 303–304
  14. ^ A. W. Bowen & Company (Logansport, Indiana), The Progressive Men of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Volume 2, 1900, pages 630–31
  15. ^ James H. Lamb Company, Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States, Volume 3, 1900, page 312
  16. ^ "Pennsylvania State Senate - John Peter Shindel Gobin Biography". Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  17. ^ Sharon Trostle, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual (PDF). 119. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
  18. ^ James T. White & Company, The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume XIII, 1906, page 58
  19. ^ Lewis Historical Publishing Company (New York), Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, Illustrated, Volume 1, 1914, pages 35–41
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1911, page 298
  21. ^ Berry Benson, Berry Benson's Civil War Book: Memoirs of a Confederate Scout and Sharpshooter, 2011, page xxxv
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1906, page 287
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1907, page 357
  24. ^ Phoenixmasonry Masonic Museum and Library, 1913 Grand Commandery Knight Templar Portrait Plate, "Grand Master John Gobin", retrieved July 12, 2014
  25. ^ Pennsylvania German Society, Annual Meeting Proceedings: 1909, Volume XX, 1911, after page 50
  26. ^ Eicher, John; Eicher, David (2002). Civil War High Commands. Stanford University Press. p. 257. ISBN 9780804780353.
  27. ^ "John Peter Shindel Gobin". Retrieved 8 November 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Lyon
Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
William Brown
Preceded by
Boies Penrose
President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate
Succeeded by
Wesley Thomas
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Cyrus Lantz
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 17th District
Succeeded by
Samuel Weiss
Party political offices
Preceded by
Walter Lyon
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
William Brown