Mifflin Gibbs

Mifflin Wistar Gibbs (17 April 1823 – 11 July 1915) was an African-American abolitionist and judge. Gibbs was the eldest of four siblings, including Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, and was prominent in Reconstruction Arkansas. Mifflin was born in Philadelphia, and died at his home in Little RockArkansas.

Gibbs is well known for his role in the migration of African Americans from California to Vancouver Island, starting in 1858. He was involved in business and politics during his ten year stay in Canada, including a stint on Victoria City Council in Victoria, British Columbia. On his return to the U.S., he became involved in the legal profession in Little Rock and held a number of judicial and government positions.

In 1897, he became the American consul to Madagascar. He returned to the United States in 1901 and became president of a bank located in Little Rock that was mainly an African American business.

Mifflin Gibbs