Nebraska Authors

Charles Henry Gere


Born 1838-02-18 Chenango County, NY (USA)

Died 1904-09-30
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Lincoln, NE (USA)
Wyuka Cemetery

Gere came to Nebraska in 1865 after serving in the Civil War. He served in the first session of the legislature, which convened July 4, 1866, in Omaha and was eventually the private secretary to David Butler, the first Governor of Nebraska. A member of the education committee, Gere introduced a bill which founded the state university, and he was largely responsible for the passage of legislation which helped establish and maintain free public libraries in Nebraska. Lincoln City Libraries named Charles H. Gere Branch in his honor. Charles Gere founded Lincoln's first newspaper, The Nebraska Commonwealth (later the Nebraska State Journal) in 1867.

Places Lived

Chenango County, NY
Pawnee City, NE
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction




Bachelor's Degree, 1861, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Master of Arts Degree, 1863, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA


Postmaster, Lincoln, NE
Newspaper Editor and President

Places Worked

Pawnee City, Pawnee County Prosecuting Attorney
Lancaster County Attorney
United States Postal Service, Lincoln, NE, 1891-1895
Nebraska State Senator, 1869-70 and 1881-82
The Nebraska Commonwealth, Founder and President
The Nebraska State Journal, Founder and President
University of Nebraska Board of Regents, President


Lincoln City Libraries named Charles H. Gere Branch in his honor


Committee on Railroads
Nebraska Board of Regents
Delegate to the state constitutional convention, 1875


Editor of the The Nebraska Commonwealth and The Nebraska State Journal

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