Nicholas Gilman was born in Exeter, New Hampshire back in 1755. I know he attended public school however, I cannot find anywhere if he graduated. Anyway, he was a clerk at his father’s trading house. When the American Revolutionary War started he served as New Hampshire’s state treasurer. Later in 1776, he served as the adjutant of the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment.
He was there during the taking of Fort Ticonderoga and at Valley Forge. In 1778, he was promoted to the rank of captain. He saw action at the battles of Monmouth and Yorktown.
After the war, he served as statesman for decades from 1789 to 1797 an again from 1805 until his death in 1814.
What you may not know about Nicholas Gilman is that he was a signer of the Constitution. He wrote about the document: "the best that could meet the unanimous concurrence of the States in Convention; it was done by bargain and Compromise, yet, notwithstanding its imperfections, on the adoption of it depends (in my feeble judgment) whether we shall become a respectable nation, or a people torn to pieces ... and rendered contemptible for ages." Until tomorrow I wish you peace and happiness.