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William Edward Gilmore


"WILLIAM EDWARD GILMORE was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, November third, 1824. He is the eldest son of William Y. and Mary Tiffin Gilmore. He graduated at Lane Seminary, near Cincinnati, in 1846, and in December of that year, while reading law with Oliver Spencer and Richard M. Corwine, was married to Amanda, daughter of Samuel and Martha Betts, of that city. He began the practice of law in Chillicothe, in 1849, and is now a prominent member of the Ross county bar. Mr. Gilmore was a contributor to the Western Quarterly Review, published at Cincinnati in 1849, and has since written for Graham's Magazine, Godey's Lady's Book, the National Era, the Scioto Gazette, and the Genius of the West. In 1854 and 1855 he was editor and proprietor of the Ancient Metropolis, a daily and weekly newspaper at Chillicothe, which has since been discontinued." [William Turner Coggeshall, The Poets and Poetry of the West: With Biographical and Critical Notices 463 (Columbus, Ohio: Follett, Foster and Company, 1860)]

Gilmore attended Ohio University (1838-43) and graduated from Lane Theological Seminary in 1846, returned to the study of law, and graduated from Cincinnati Law School in 1848. "After a torrid legal and political career in Missouri, 1866-73, he returned to Chillicothe, where he lived until his death." [William Coyle (ed.), Ohio Authors and Their Books: Biographical Data and Selective Bibliographies for Ohio Authors, Native and Resident, 1796-1950 243-44 (Cleveland: World Publishing Co., for the Ohioana Library Association, 1962)]

"He was a student of literature . . . . He contributed many poems and historical and political sketches to various magazines and newspapers." [Coyle, at 243]

Gilmore "took an active interest in the anti-slavery context. Upon the breaking out of the Civil War he organized no less than six companies of volunteers." [C.L. Martzoloff (ed.), Poems on Ohio 17-18, at 18 (Columbus, Ohio: F.J. Heer Printing Co., 1911)]


William Edward Gilmore, Life of Edward Tiffin—Ohio's First Governor (Chillcothe, Ohio: Horney & Son, 1897)