Biography of Gardiner C. Hibbard
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Hibbard Gardiner C., was born in Beaver Dams, Schuyler County, N. Y., August 28, 1848. He resided in New York city until November 30, 1861, when his father's family moved to Watkins, N. Y. While attending the Watkins Academy he enlisted on March 10, 1862, as private in Company I, One Hundred and Third Regiment New York Volunteers, remaining in the service until has discharge. After returning home he reentered theWatkins Academy, from which he was graduated, and later attended the Eastman Business College at Ponghkeepsie, N. Y. After a varied and eventful life in the far West and South he returned to Watkins, N. Y., and in 1872 entered into business with his father and remained until 1879, when he came to Elmira, N. Y., where he has since resided. He engaged in business on his arrival here, and so continued till July 26, 1890, when he was appointed special agent of the Eleventh United States Census. Mi. Hibbard is commander of L. Edgar Fitch Post, No. 165, G. A. R., and was junior vice department commander of New York in 1890. He served as Republican alderman of the Fifth ward for two years, has been a delegate to numerous city, county, and State conventions, and was chairman of the same and of many important committees. His political affiliations were with the Republican party, which he early espoused. Since reaching mature manhood his observation and reading have drawn him toward, and on many occasions made him a champion of, the laboring masses in their conflict for industrial emancipation, and was, in consequence thereof, nominated by the Labor party of the Twenty seventh Congressional District as their candidate for Congress. He was twice elected master workman of Local Assembly, No. 204, K. of L. Since May 22, 1891, he has identified himself with the People's party, organized at Cincinnati, Ohio, on the above date. Mr. Hibbard is the son of George F. and Elizabeth (Crum) Hibbard, who were married in September, 1846, at New York city, where the Hibbard family have resided for 150 years. What is now Union Square in New York city was the farm of the great grandfather of Gardiner C. Most of the male members of the family served in the Revolution and the War of 1812, and many of their descendants served with distinction in the war for the Union. Mr. Hibbard married, in 1878. Lydia J., daughter of Elijah Higley, of Penn Yan, N. Y. They have one child, a daughter, Adria Lucille, born January 1, 1882.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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