Joseph Albree Gilmore
|29th Governor of New Hampshire|
June 3, 1863 – June 8, 1865
|Preceded by||Nathaniel S. Berry|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Smyth|
|President of the|
New Hampshire Senate
|Member of the New Hampshire Senate|
|Born||June 10, 1811|
|Died||April 7, 1867 (aged 55)|
Concord, New Hampshire
|Spouse(s)||Ann Page Whipple|
Joseph A. Gilmore was born in Weston, Vermont on June 10, 1811. He was educated in Vermont, and moved to Boston to learn the mercantile business. Gilmore then moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where he established a wholesale grocery business.
Gilmore became involved with the Concord and Claremont Railroad, serving first as a construction agent, and later as the railroad's general superintendent. He also served as superintendent of the Manchester and Lawrence Railroad and the Portsmouth and Concord Railroad.
Originally a Whig, Gilmore joined the Republican when it was founded in the mid-1850s. He served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1858 to 1860, and was the Senate's President pro Tempore in 1859.
Gilmore was elected Governor in 1863 and reelected in 1864, and served from June 3, 1863 to June 8, 1865. Serving during the American Civil War. Gilmore's term was consumed by support for the Union, including a loan to provide bonuses and supplemental salary payments to soldiers, and arranging for the transport of soldiers traveling to New Hampshire on furlough and returning to the front lines.
Death and burial
Gilmore was married to Ann Page Whipple, and they had eleven children.
Their daughter Ann was the first wife of Senator William E. Chandler.
Their son, Joseph Henry Gilmore, was a Newton Theological Seminary trained Baptist pastor, and wrote the words to the hymn, "He Leadeth Me," inspired by the 23rd Psalm.
- Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867, Concord, New Hampshire: McFarland and Jenks, p. 44.
- Gilmore at New Hampshire's Division of Historic Resources
- Joseph A. Gilmore at Find a Grave
- Joseph Albree Gilmore at National Governors Association
- Joseph A. Gilmore at Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, Volume II (1909)
- Joseph Albree Gilmore at American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection (2013)
Nathaniel S. Berry
| Governor of New Hampshire
Austin F. Pike
| President of the
New Hampshire Senate
George S. Towle
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