Joseph C McKibbin

U.S. representative from California




Adventure History



Joseph Chambers McKibbin (b. May 14, 1824) was born 1824 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

He received a common-school education then attended Princeton College 1840-1842. He moved to California in 1849 during the California Gold Rush, settling in Sierra County. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852, practicing in Downieville.

McKibbin was a member of the California State Senate in 1852 and 1853, then elected as a Democrat to the 35th Congress (1857).

He came out early against Buchanan’s support of the Lecompton movement in Kansas, and provided echo of Stephen Douglas’s comments on the far side of the capitol. It remains to be seen if identifying as an “Anti-Lecompton” will help or hurt his bid for reelection.

Joseph C McKibbin

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