Nicholas Gilman

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow, this is incredible....perhaps the most significent person I never heard of.

Apr 15, 2018 05:30 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And to think I never heard of this guy! At least now I know! Thanks. Enjoy your day!

Apr 15, 2018 05:32 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

The US Constitution is an amazing document - we are so fortunate to have it 

Apr 15, 2018 05:36 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Love his quote and the fact that with no political parties they were able to come to a meeting of the minds.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 15, 2018 05:49 AM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Your blog caught my eye a little extra wrting about NH. I love history and spend a lot of time in Exeter NH. A beautiful small town on the way to the seacoast. I often stop to eat lunch along the river there. 

Apr 15, 2018 06:24 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Every time I think about the Constitutional Convention, I think about how our Constitution has been able to hold up through the centuries. It is truly a miracle and so are our fore-fathers who drafted it.

Apr 15, 2018 06:36 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a stellar story, and in many aspects I think we are tearing each other to pieces lately as a nation...instead of finding ways to work together.  A

Apr 15, 2018 07:58 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another great history lesson for us in the rain,  You do a great deal of research.


Apr 15, 2018 09:37 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He was certainly a great gentleman of the Republic and his words still resonate.

Apr 15, 2018 10:20 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what a wordsmith Nicholas Gilman was!!!  His words should be served on a silver platter to many. (not saying who)

Apr 15, 2018 10:21 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - not all those men had formal education by they were products of the enlightenment and the rights of man.

Apr 15, 2018 11:28 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Those final sentences of your post this morning we're quite thoughtful. Thank you James Dray 

Apr 15, 2018 01:37 PM #12
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Another outstanding post James Dray 

"Done by bargain and compromise"....too bad those in Washington now are unable to accomplish this same feat.


Apr 15, 2018 04:54 PM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Beautiful story, James. Love Nicholas Gilman's words on the Constitution document.  Being a co-signer, his words have so much depth.

Apr 16, 2018 02:07 AM #14
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Certainly a dedicated patriot in many ways !

Apr 16, 2018 03:36 AM #15
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It always is so incredible to really understand how forward thinking these founding fathers of our country were.

Apr 16, 2018 04:48 AM #16
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

His words on the Constitution are interesting, to be sure. I can't but agree with him. It was created through compromise, but they all made history. Thank you for sharing. 

Apr 21, 2018 07:37 PM #17
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