John Adams Gilmer

John Adams Gilmer (* November 4, 1805 in Greensboro, North Carolina; † May 4, 1868 in Greensboro ) was an American politician who represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Konföderiertenkongress.

John Adams Gilmer attended the public schools and a private school in his hometown of Greensboro. He then worked as a teacher before he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice as a lawyer in Greensboro. Later he became a prosecutor in Guilford County.

Politically, Gilmer operated from 1846 as a member of the Senate of North Carolina, where he remained until 1856. This year, he was the candidate of the Whigs in liquidation for the office of Governor of North Carolina; but he was defeated by Democratic incumbent Thomas Bragg. Then he stepped over to the American Party, for which he was elected to the House of Representatives in Washington; in the successful re-election two years later he was a candidate for the opposition party. During his four-year tenure, he served as Chairman of the Election Committee ( Committee on Elections ).

After the outbreak of the civil war, in which Gilmers brother Jeremy served as a major general in the Confederate Army, he remained active in politics and was from 1864 to 1865 the House of Representatives of the second Konföderiertenkongresses to. In 1866 he was a delegate to the National Union Convention in Philadelphia; there failed attempt to form a new party to support the policies of President Andrew Johnson. Two years later, John Adams Gilmer died in Greensboro.