Edward Gibbon (April 27, 1737 - January 16, 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788.
Benson John Lossing, ed. Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (vol. 4) (New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, 1912)