Gilmer, John Adams

Gilmer, John Adams

(1805–68) U.S. representative; born in Guilford County, N.C. Educated in farm schools, he was a lawyer and Whig Party activist, serving in the North Carolina senate (1846–56) and in the U.S. Congress (1857–63), opposing secession until war was inevitable.
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