William Harrison Gilmore (October 17, 1839 – April 18, 1910) was a Vermont political and military figure. He served in the Vermont House of Representatives, the Vermont State Senate and as Adjutant General of the Vermont Militia.
Biography[edit | edit source]
William H. Gilmore was born in Fairlee, Vermont on October 17, 1839. The son of state legislator and probate judge Alexander H. Gilmore, he was educated at New London Academy (now Colby-Sawyer College) and began a career as a farmer in Fairlee.
Civil War[edit | edit source]
In 1861 Gilmore joined Company D, 8th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Enlisting as a Private, he served until being mustered out in 1864, and rose in rank to become the regiment's supply sergeant. On several occasions he was commended for sustaining the regiment in battle by arranging for the timely acquisition and distribution of food, ammunition and equipment.
Post-Civil War[edit | edit source]
After the war Gilmore returned to farming in Fairlee. A Republican, he was Town Treasurer for over 39 years, and served in the Vermont House in 1878 and the Vermont Senate in 1882. Gilmore was a member of the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers and the Grand Army of the Republic, and served as President of the Orange County Agricultural Society. In addition, the Sons of Veterans post in Williamstown was named for him.
Gilmore was also active in several businesses, including serving as President of the Bradford National Bank.
Continued military service[edit | edit source]
Death and burial[edit | edit source]
Gilmore died in Bellows Falls, Vermont on April 18, 1910. He had become ill in March while in town to inspect the local National Guard company, and he remained bedridden in a Bellows Fall hotel while being treated for pneumonia and other ailments. He was buried in Bradford's Upper Plain Cemetery.
Family[edit | edit source]
In 1866 Gilmore married Mary T. Haselton (1839-1917). Their children included Alexander H. Gilmore (June 2, 1866—February 5, 1939), who became a newspaper editor in Newport News, Virginia, Macon, Georgia, and New Castle, Delaware, and Kathie Gilmore, the wife of Harry B. Chamberlin, a Vermont businessman who served as an officer in Vermont national Guard, joined Army for the Spanish-American War and was later assigned to Alabama, California and other posts throughout the country.
References[edit | edit source]
- Elias Child, Genealogy of the Child, Childs and Childe Families, Volume 1, 1881, pages 255-256
- Vermont General Assembly, Vermont Legislative Manual, 1904, page 63
- Vermont General Assembly, Vermont Legislative Manual, 1902, page 59
- George N. Carpenter, History of the Eighth Vermont Volunteers, 1886, pages 134-135, 277
- Vermont Historical Society, Proceedings: 1909-1910, 1910, page 71
- Reunion Society of Vermont Officers, Proceedings of the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers, Volume 2, 1906, page 109
- Grand Army of the Republic, Journal of the National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1901, page 57
- Vermont State Board of Agriculture, Vermont Agricultural Report, Volume 9, 1886, page 387
- Williamstown Historical Society, A History of Williamstown, Vermont, 1781-1991, 1991, page 109
- Vermont in the Civil War, Sons of Veterans of the Civil War, Vermont Division, retrieved November 25, 2013
- Frank P. Bennett and Company, United States Investor, Volume 15, May 28, 1904, page 839
- Vermont General Assembly, Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont, 1883, page 302
- Vermont General Assembly, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1902, page 426
- Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, 1903, pages 212-214
- Phyllis Lavelle, Along the Connecticut River, 1996, page 14
- Vermont Journal, Death of Gen W. H. Gilmore, April 22, 1910
- William H. Gilmore at Find a Grave
- New Castle News, A. H. Gilmore Dies Suddenly, February 6, 1939
- Daughters of the American Revolution, Lineage Book, 1918, pages 78-79
- Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, page 214
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