Robert J. Gamble -

Robert J. Gamble

Robert Jackson Gamble
United States Senator
from South Dakota
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byRichard F. Pettigrew
Succeeded byThomas Sterling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Dakota's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byFreeman T. Knowles
Succeeded byEben W. Martin
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byWilliam V. Lucas
Succeeded byFreeman T. Knowles
Personal details
BornFebruary 7, 1851
Genesee County, New York
DiedSeptember 22, 1924 (aged 73)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political partyRepublican

Robert Jackson Gamble (February 7, 1851 – September 22, 1924) was a U.S. Representative and Senator from South Dakota. He was the father of Ralph Abernethy Gamble and brother of John Rankin Gamble, members of South Dakota's prominent Gamble family.


Early life

Gamble was born in Genesee County, near Akron, New York, the son of Robert Gamble and Jennie (Abernethy) Gamble.[1] In 1862, he moved with his parents to Fox Lake, Wisconsin.[1] In 1874, he graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a bachelor of science degree, and he later received his master of science from Lawrence.[1][2] While attending college, Gamble taught school in the summer to pay his tuition.[2] After graduating, he studied law with the Milwaukee firm of Jenkins, Elliot & Wheeler, and was admitted to the bar in 1875.[2] He moved to Yankton in the portion of the Dakota Territory which later became South Dakota.[2]

Start of career

A Republican, he became a district attorney for the second judicial district of the Territory of Dakota in 1880, and was Yankton's city attorney in 1881 and 1882.[2] He served on the Territorial Council in 1885.[2] In 1894 he was elected to Seat B, one of South Dakota's two at-large seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he served in the Fifty-fourth Congress.[2] He ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1896, but was again elected to Seat B in 1898, and served in the Fifty-sixth Congress.[2] During the Fifty-sixth Congress, he became the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Expenditures on the Public Buildings.[3]

U.S. Senator

In 1901, Gamble was elected to the United States Senate.[2] Re-elected in 1906, he served until March 1913, after being an unsuccessful candidate for renomination.[2] During his senate career, he was chairman of the: Committee on Indian Depredations (57th Congress); Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (58th to 60th Congresses); Committee on Indian Affairs (62nd Congress); and Committee on Enrolled Bills (64th Congress).[3]

Later life

In 1915, Gamble moved to Sioux Falls and resumed the practice of law.[3] From 1916 to 1924 he served as a referee in bankruptcy for the southern district of South Dakota. He was a member of the National Executive Committee of the League to Enforce Peace.[3]

Death and burial

Gamble died in Sioux Falls, and was buried at Yankton City Cemetery in Yankton.[3]


In 1909, Lawrence University awarded Gamble the honorary degree of LL.D.[1]


In 1884, Gamble married Carrie S. Osborne of Portage, Wisconsin.[1] They were the parents of two sons, Ralph and George.[1]




External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William V. Lucas
South Dakota's at-large congressional district
Succeeded by
Freeman T. Knowles
Preceded by
Freeman T. Knowles
South Dakota's at-large congressional district
Succeeded by
Eben W. Martin
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Richard F. Pettigrew
United States Senator (Class 2) from South Dakota
Succeeded by
Thomas Sterling

Categories: Members of the Dakota Territorial Legislature | 19th-century American politicians | Members of the United States House of Representatives from South Dakota | United States senators from South Dakota | South Dakota lawyers | People from Fox Lake, Wisconsin | Politicians from Sioux Falls, South Dakota | People from Genesee County, New York | Lawrence University alumni | District attorneys in South Dakota | 1851 births | 1924 deaths | Republican Party United States senators | South Dakota Republicans | Republican Party members of the United States House of Representatives | People from Akron, New York

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