GIBSON, Randall Lee (1832-1892)
Senate Years of Service: 1883-1892

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.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Confederate officers photograph album, no date.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: Miscellaneous letters and references in various collections including Johnston family papers, 1798-1943.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (September 1, 1885) in Sang-Lee Civil War collection.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1848-1891. 164 items. Personal and business papers and correspondence. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: February 27, 1880; April 2, 1887; and March 1, 1888. 3 letters.

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
Papers: 1875-1892. 130 items.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: In Gibson-Humphreys papers, 1840-1955. Finding aid.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In Gibson and Humphreys family papers, 1846-1919. Includes letters (1875-1892) from the Randall Lee Gibson family in Washington, DC. Finding aid.

  • McBride, Mary G. "Senator Randall Lee Gibson and the Establishment of Tulane University.'' Louisiana History 28 (Summer 1987): 245-62.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Randall Lee Gibson (a Senator from Louisiana), Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives. 53d Cong., 2d sess., 1894. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1894.