George Gilmer

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Dr. George Gilmer was an influential Albemarle County landowner in the late 18th century. "Pen Park" was the Gilmer family estate in Albemarle County.

About

Born in Williamsburg in 1743 to a Scottish immigrant with the same name, George Gilmer studied medicine at the College of William & Mary. He married his first cousin, Lucy Walker, and moved to Charlottesville shortly before the American Revolution in which he served as a lieutenant. In addition to being a personal friend, Gilmer was also the attending physician to Thomas Jefferson and his family. He also appeared as a delegate in Jefferson's stead at the Fifth Virginia Convention in Williamsburg in 1776.[1]

In 1777, Dr. Gilmer purchased the land on which Pen Park now exists[2].

Gilmer served as sheriff in 1787 and was also elected to the House of Delegates. [3]

Descendants

His grandson Thomas Walker Gilmer was a governor of Virginia and secretary of the navy who died in an explosion on the USS Princeton in 1844.[5]

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References

  1. Web. George Gilmer, Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, retrieved July 30, 2012.
  2. Lancaster, Robert A. Historic VIrginia Homes and Churches. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1915. Google Books. Web. 22 Nov. 2009. <http://tinyurl.com/yf76m2n>.
  3. Print: Looking Back, Vera V. Via, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 6, 1960, Page 28.
  4. Web. 1825: Old School, The University of Virginia Magazine, Fall 2011, retrieved July 30, 2012.
  5. Lancaster, Robert A. Historic Virginia Homes and Churches. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1915. Google Books. Web. 22 Nov. 2009. <http://tinyurl.com/yf76m2n>.