Ernest W. Gibson

Ernest William Gibson, Jr. (1901 - 1969) served in numerous government positions including Governor of Vermont, United States Senator and U.S. federal judge. In January 1928 Clarence Darrow and co-counsel successfully appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court on behalf of John Winters who had been convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to the electric chair in Vermont. The court granted Winters a new trial and he was subsequently convicted and received a life sentence. Sources vary on the date but in either 1945 or 1949 Winters was paroled by Governor Gibson because of poor health. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-npcc-25097