Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative Nicholas Gilman

Nicholas Gilman

Miniature painting (1787-1794) by John Ramage

Courtesy of the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

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Life dates: 3 August 1755-2 May 1814
Place of Residence (1789): Exeter, New Hampshire
Occupation (1789): Merchant
Place of Birth: Exeter, New Hampshire
Age (March 4, 1789): 33
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: None
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Captain, Continental Army
Prior Political Offices: Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: Yes
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Strong
Last year of continuous service in House: 1797
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