Hamilton Rowan Gamble (Hamilton Rowan Gamble)

Hamilton Rowan Gamble

Civil War Missouri Governor. After moving to St. Louis to practice law with his older brother, Gamble became Secretary of State of Missouri in 1824. His reputation in his profession grew steadily & in 1851 resulted in his election to the Missouri Supreme Court. Gamble’s most famous opinion while on Missouri’s highest court was his dissent in the Dred Scott case. He was the only judge to favor granting Scott his freedom from slavery. In 1861 Gamble was elected governor by the Missouri legislature after Missouri’s Southern-sympathizing governor, lieutenant governor & secretary of state “abdicated” their positions.   Family links:  Spouse:  Caroline Coalter Gamble (1800 – 1864)  Children:  Mary Coalter Gamble Miller (1843 – 1924)*  David Coalter Gamble (1844 – 1909)* *Calculated relationship


  • November, 29, 1798
  • USA


  • January, 01, 1864
  • USA


  • Bellefontaine Cemetery
  • Missouri
  • USA

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