GIBSON, RANDALL LEE, a Representative and a Senator from Louisiana; born September 10, 1832, at
Spring Hill, near Versailles, Woodford County, Ky.; was educated by a private tutor at 'Live Oak,'
his father's plantation in Terrebonne Parish, La.; graduated from Yale College in 1853 and from the
law department of the University of Louisiana (later Tulane University), New Orleans, La., in 1855;
traveled in Europe for several years; engaged in planting until the outbreak of the Civil War; enlisted
in the Confederate Army in 1861 and served until 1864, when he was promoted to brigadier general;
after the war was admitted to the bar and practiced in New Orleans, La.; resumed agricultural
pursuits; served as administrator of the Howard Memorial Library, trustee of the Peabody Fund,
Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and as president of the board of administrators of Tulane
University, New Orleans, La.; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1872 to the Forty-third
Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March
4, 1875-March 3, 1883); elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1882; reelected in
1889 and served from March 4, 1883, until his death at Hot Springs, Ark., December 15, 1892;
interment Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.