John Bannister Gibson Edit Profile
Attended Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1880.
Admitted to Cumberland County (Pennsylvania) bar, 1803. Member Pennsylvania Legislature (Democrat), 1810-1812. Appointed president judge 11th Judicial District Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, 1813.
The American Association For Justice Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1816-1827, 51-53, chief justice, 1827-1851, a decisive influence in development of Pennsylvania law. Most known for opinion in De Chastellux versus Fairchild which laid down limits of legislative power in regard to state cts. Other important opinions include: Commonwealth versus Green & Others, and Donoghue versus The County, also outstanding property law cases Lyle et al versus Richards, Hillyard versus Miller, and Hileman et al versus Bouslaugh.
Profound student of Shakespeare. Also known as excellent piano tuner and dentist, devised a peculiar plate for his own teeth after professional assistance had failed.
Member Pennsylvania Legislature (Democrat), 1810-1812.
Married Sarah Work, October 8, 1812, 8 children.