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John Rankin Gamble (January 15, 1848 – August 14, 1891) was a lawyer and politician from South Dakota. He was born in Alabama, New York in 1848, and was the brother of Robert J. Gamble and uncle of Ralph Abernethy Gamble.

John R. Gamble
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1891 – August 14, 1891
Preceded byOscar S. Gifford
Succeeded byJohn L. Jolley
Personal details
Born(1848-01-15)January 15, 1848
Alabama, New York
DiedAugust 14, 1891(1891-08-14) (aged 43)
Yankton, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican
Alma materLawrence University

He attended the common schools in New York, and moved with his family to Fox Lake, Wisconsin, and graduated from Lawrence University in 1872. He later studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1873.

He started his practice in Yankton in the Dakota Territory, becoming the district attorney for Yankton County from 1876–1878, and the United States attorney for the Dakota Territory in 1878. He was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1877, and served there until 1879. He also served in the Territorial council from 1881 to 1885.

In 1890 Gamble was elected to Seat B, one of two South Dakota at-large seats in the United States House of Representatives. He served from March 4, 1891 until his death in Yankton on August 14, 1891. Gamble was buried at Yankton City Cemetery.

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External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "John Rankin Gamble (id: G000030)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • John Rankin Gamble at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Oscar S. Gifford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1891 - August 14, 1891
Succeeded by
John L. Jolley