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DIBRELL, George Gibbs, soldier, born in White County, Tennessee, 12 April 1822. His common school education was supplemented by one term at East Tennessee University. He was a farmer and merchant, was elected a member of the State constitutional convention of Tennessee, on the union ticket, in February 1861, and to the legislature of Tennessee in August. Entering the Confederate army as a private, he was elected lieutenant colonel, and was promoted colonel and brigadier general of cavalry in 1864. He was detailed to escort the executive officers and treasure of the Confederate government after the evacuation of Richmond, and took charge of the archives at Greensboro, N. C., after the surrender of Lee's army. He was a member of the constitutional convention of Tennessee in 1870, and was twice elected a representative from that state in congress, serving from 5 March 1875, till 5 March 1879.
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