Abijah Gilbert (June 18,
1806 - November 23, 1881) was a United States Senator from Florida.
New York, Gilbert attended Gilbertsville Academy and
graduated from Hamilton College
York) in 1822. He spent 1822 to 1850 engaged in
mercantile pursuits in New York City before moving to St. Augustine, Florida in 1865.
Senator Abijah Gilbert (R-Florida)
An early advocate of abolitionism
Gilbert was a strong supporter of the Whig Party
and later the Republican Party
. He was
elected to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate as a Republican and
served from 1869 to 1875 as part of the Reconstruction
Gilbert retired from business and political life after his Senate
term ended while continuing to live in St. Augustine. He moved back
to Gilbertsville, New York shortly before his death in 1881.