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Below is a family biography included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Thomas R. Gibson, one of the most prominent business men of Crawford County, and cashier of the Bank of Steelville, is a son of Dr. Alexander and Haney C. (Halbert) Gibson, and was born in Crawford County December 30,1856. He was reared in Steelville, and having spent about two years at the Missouri School of Mines he went to West Point in 1873, remaining at the military school three years. Returning to his home he taught school a few terms, and in the meantime studied law. He was admitted to the Crawford County bar in 1878, and the following six years engaged in the practice of the legal profession. In 1884 he organized the Bank of Steelville, of which he was elected cashier. He has also been secretary of the Riverside Roller Milling Company. He has held many positions of trust and honor in his county, notably that of county clerk. He affiliates with the Democratic party, belongs to the Masonic fraternity and the A. O. U. W.

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This family biography is one of 117 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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