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GILBERT, Edward, editor, born in Albany, New York; died in California in 1862. He received a public-school education, and became a member of Colonel Stevenson's New York regiment. He afterward removed to California, settled in San Francisco, and served as representative in congress from 11 September, 1850, till 3 March, 1851, when he returned to his adopted state and engaged in the practice of law. He soon after founded and became editor-in-chief of the daily "Alta California," thus being the pioneer of the daily press of San Francisco. Certain editorial criticisms on the action of the governor of the state provoked a retort from General James W. Denver, then secretary of state of California, and a challenge followed. A duel with rifles resulted, and Gilbert fell.
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