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John Rankin Gamble

Born: Jan 15, 1848

Death: Aug 14, 1891

Nationality: United States

John Rankin Gamble

Date of Birth : Jan 15, 1848
Date of Death : Aug 14, 1891

John Rankin Gamble 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. 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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