Joseph Albree Gilmore
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29th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 3, 1863 – June 8, 1865
Preceded byNathaniel S. Berry
Succeeded byFrederick Smyth
President of the
New Hampshire Senate
In office
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1811-06-10)June 10, 1811
Weston, Vermont
DiedApril 17, 1867(1867-04-17) (aged 55)
Concord, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ann Page Whipple
Railroad executive

Joseph Albree Gilmore (June 10, 1811 – April 17, 1867) was an American railroad superintendent from Concord, New Hampshire and the 29th governor of New Hampshire from 1863 to 1865.


Joseph A. Gilmore was born in Weston, Vermont on June 10, 1811.[1] 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.[2]

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 died in Concord, New Hampshire on April 17, 1867, and is buried at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1][3]


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.


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Rossiter; Brown, John Howard, eds. (1906). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Vol. IV. Boston: American Biographical Society. Retrieved March 28, 2022 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Jenks, George E. (1866), Political Journal for the State of The New Hampshire 1867, Concord, New Hampshire: McFarland and Jenks, p. 44
  3. ^ "Ex-Governor Joseph A. Gilmore". The Courier-Journal. April 19, 1867. p. 2. Retrieved March 29, 2022 – via
Party political offices Preceded byNathaniel S. Berry Republican nominee for Governor of New Hampshire 1863, 1864 Succeeded byFrederick Smyth Political offices Preceded byNathaniel S. Berry Governor of New Hampshire 1863–1865 Succeeded byFrederick Smyth Preceded byAustin F. Pike President of the New Hampshire Senate 1859 Succeeded byGeorge S. Towle