Gilbert De La Matyr

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Gilbert De La Matyr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byJohn Hanna
Succeeded byStanton J. Peelle
Personal details
Born(1825-07-08)July 8, 1825
Pharsalia, New York
DiedMay 17, 1892(1892-05-17) (aged 66)
Akron, Ohio
Political partyGreenback

Gilbert De La Matyr (July 8, 1825 in Pharsalia, New York – May 17, 1892 in Akron, Ohio) was an American cleric and politician from New York and Indiana, serving one term in the U.S. House from 1879 to 1881.


He graduated from a theological course of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1854 and became an itinerant elder. He served as member of the General Conference in 1868, and for one term was Presiding Elder.

Civil War

During the American Civil War, he helped enlist the 8th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment in 1862, and was its chaplain for three years.

Political career

In 1867 he ran on the Republican ticket for New York State Prison Inspector but was defeated by Democrat Solomon Scheu.

After holding pastorates in several large cities he settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, and continued his ministerial duties. Here, De La Matyr was elected as a National Greenback candidate to the 46th United States Congress and served from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1881.

Later career and death

He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1881 and again engaged in preaching. There, he became pastor of Evans Chapel in 1886 helped organized the construction of an expanded sanctuary named Grace Church. From 1889 on, he was Pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Akron, Ohio.


  • United States Congress. "Gilbert De La Matyr (id: D000204)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by