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GILMER, John Alexander, jurist, born in Guilford County, North Carolina, 4 November, 1805; died in Greensborough, North Carolina, 14 May, 1868. He received a classical education, taught for three years, studied law, and was licensed to practise in 1833. He was elected to the state senate in 1846, and successively re-elected till 1856. He was the Whig candidate for governor in 1856, but was defeated by Braxton Brag. The same year he was elected to congress, and in 1858 was re-elected, serving as chairman of the committee on elections. He was mentioned for the place of secretary of the treasury in Mr. Lincoln's cabinet, but, withdrawing from congress, embraced the cause of secession, and was elected a member of the Confederate congress.
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