Gilbert Gable
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1886
Date of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Occupation: Public relations man, politician
Spouse: Paulina Gable
Political Office(s): Mayor of Port Orford, Oregon
Turtledove Appearances:
State of Jefferson
POD: Pre-history;
Relevant POD: 1919
Appearance(s): "Peace is Better";
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Political Office(s): Governor of Jefferson
Gilbert Elledy Gable (June 1, 1886 - December 2, 1941) was a public relations man who became mayor of Port Orford, Oregon in the 1930s. In 1941, he became the center of the ultimately failed movement to create the state of Jefferson from counties in southern Oregon and northern California. Gable died of a heart attack on December 2, 1941. While various other people created a quasi-government and attempted to continue without Gable, the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 killed the momentum for statehood.

Gable's motivations are debated, with some arguing he was sincere in his goal of creating a new state, and others suggesting he was engaged in a cynical publicity stunt in order to help recover from certain financial problems.

Gilbert Gable in State of JeffersonEdit

Gilbert Gable served as the Governor of Jefferson from 1934 to 1941. Gable's primary focus was on his hometown, Port Orford. Thanks to Gable's efforts, and free use of various New Deal programs, the roads to Port Orford were paved, a railroad line went to Port Orford, and a breakwater was established, among other things. Jefferson State Highway 71 was known as the Gable Memorial Highway. He died a few days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. While he officially died of indigestion, he was known to be a heavy drinker. His efforts insured Port Orford was able to ship men and weapons for the war effort.[1]


  1. Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time, loc 2259-2272, ebook.
Political offices
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Last known is
Charlie "Bigfoot" Lewis
Governor of Jefferson
(State of Jefferson Stories)

Succeeded by
Next known is
Bill Williamson