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GILMER, George Rockingham, lawyer, born in Wilkes (now Oglethorpe) County, Georgia, 11 April, 1790; died in Lexington, Georgia, 15 November, 1859. He studied law, and began practice at Lexington. In 1813 he became a lieutenant in the 43d United States infantry, which served against the Creeks, and was disbanded after the conclusion of peace with Great Britain in 1815. He served in the legislature in 1818-'20, was elected to congress as a Democrat, and served from 3 December 1821, to 3 March, 1823, was again elected to the state House of Representatives in 1824, and served in congress a second time from 3 December 1827, to 3 March, 1829. In 1829-'31 he was governor of Georgia. He was elected again to congress in 1832, and served from 2 December 1833, to 3 March, 1835, was a presidential elector on the Hugh L. White ticket in 1836, and in 1837-'9 served a second term as governor. In 1840 he was a presidential elector on the Harrison ticket. By his will he left valuable bequests to Georgia university, of which he was a trustee for thirty years. He published a historical work entitled " Georgians," containing information in relation to the early settlement of the state (1855).
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