Joseph C. McKibbin

Joseph C. McKibbin, California Congressman.

Joseph Chambers McKibbin (May 14, 1824 – July 1, 1896) was a California Democratic politician.

McKibbin was born 1824 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. One of his brothers was David B. McKibbin.

He received a common-school education then attended Princeton College 1840-1842. He moved to California in 1849 during the California Gold Rush, settling in Sierra County. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852, practicing in Downieville.

McKibbin was a member of the California State Senate in 1852 and 1853, then elected as a Democrat to the 35th Congress, and served during 1857-1859. He lost his bid for re-election in 1858.

McKibbin's obituary from 'The Evening Times' (Washington, DC), July 2, 1896

During the Civil War McKibbin enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and was one of the first six Cavalry officers appointed by President Abraham Lincoln. He served as a colonel and aide-de-camp on the staffs of Major General Henry W. Halleck and Major General George H. Thomas. After the Civil War, McKibbon settled in Washington, D.C. as a general contractor. He purchased the property at Marshall Hall, Maryland, in 1883.

McKibbin died on July 1, 1896 in Marshall Hall, Maryland and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Joseph C. McKibbin (id: M000514)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Joseph C. McKibbin at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Denver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
John C. Burch