Born Dec. 20, 1859, in Alexander, Genesse Co., N.Y. His father and mother were of New England stock. The family removed to Buffalo, and this son had the advantage of the public schools,and passed through all grades, and graduated at the High School, and entered Genesee College at Lima ,N.Y., but was compelled to leave before graduation, his father being poor, and needing his assistance.
He was employed for a time in the office of the U.S. Commissioner and County Recorder, and thus acquired a taste for the law. He entered the office of a loading attorney in remained until the necessities of the family compelled him to seek lucrative employment. He then became City Editor of the Buffalo Courier, afterward, became Principal of one of the City Schools, remaining six years. Afterward removed to Dayton, O., and took a similar position.
In 1871, he was received into the Cincinnati Conference, was soon after transferred to Wisconsin Conference, and appointed Supt. of Normal Work, under the Wis. S. School Association; afterwards returned to the ministry serving churches in Cincinnati, Lexington, Topeka, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Indianapolis, where he is at present stationed.
He has all this time been actively engaged in the advance movements of the Sunday School cause, holding institutes, assemblies and normal classes in many states, lecturing and teaching; in the same line.
He has written several volumes,and much for the magazines and. papers.
In 1844, he received the degree of D.D. from Cornell Colloge, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. The record of Dr. Gilbert during all these years, has been of the best in every line that he has undertaken.
– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952