Nicholas Gilman

Burial Location Visited Constitution Grave #
Exeter, New Hampshire July 1, 2010 9th Visited


The crumbling grave of Nicholas                                                 Unfortunately, Gilman's grave is in such
Gilman, a statesman and politician                                              poor condition that his name is practically
from the "Granite State".                                                            impossible to read.


Nicholas Gilman and John Langdon                                                            Gilman was buried here when
were the only two men from New                                                              he passed away in May of
Hampshire to sign the Constitution                                                            1814.
in 1787.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Nicholas Gilman was born to a distinguished New Hampshire family on August 3, 1755. He enlisted in the Continental Army after the start of the American Revolution, and in 1778 joined George Washington's staff as senior deputy adjutant general. Gilman was present when General Cornwallis surrendered at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.

* In 1787, Gilman was elected to the Continental Congress. He served in that body for two years.

* That same year, Gilman and John Langdon were chosen to represent New Hampshire at the Constitutional Convention. At the age of 32, he was one of the youngest delegates to approve and sign the document. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire ratified the Constitution and was the ninth of the original colonies to become a state. This was a very important event, as nine colonies needed to ratify the document in order for it to take effect.

* Gilman was one of the charter members of the United States House of Representatives. He and two other men, Abiel Foster and Samuel Livermore, represented the state of New Hampshire. He served in the House for eight years. In 1805, he began serving in the Senate.

* He continued to serve in the U.S. Senate until May 2, 1814 when, due to a reason unknown, he passed away.

Spouse: None

Political Party:
 Pro-Administration Party
                         Federalist Party
                         Democratic-Republican Party

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