Biography of W. P. Gilmore
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W. P. GILMORE. County Attorney of Cochise, was born in Auglain County, Ohio, October 13, 1866. His parents, A. G. and Emma Gilmore, were also natives of that State, and his ancestors have been in this country since 1689, when the first one located in Boston, having fought in the Pretenders Cause in England, and been obliged to flee from the country to save his life. He was from the English branch of the family and all of his direct descendants are Protestants. Among Cromwell's Army when they invaded Ireland there was another of his ancestors named Gilmore, who remained there and among whose descendants are Bishop Gilmore of the Catholic Church, Cleveland; Patrick S. Gilmore, the noted band leader, and General Gilmore, who planted the big gun known as the "Swamp Angel" near Charleston in the Civil War. His maternal ancestors were among the very early settlers of Iaryland and Virginia, and his mother is a direct descendant of Bishop Latimer, who was burned at the stake in Queen Mary's time, along with Ridley. Mr. Gilmore attended the public schools, then Ohio Northern University, at Ada, from which he was graduated LL. B. and B. S. in 1893. During the early part of his college course he was appointed instructor in geometry, trigonometry and algebra, and later of Latin and Commercial Law. Immediately after his graduation he was admitted to the bar in Ohio, and July of the same year he came to Arizona for his health. He afterwards located in California, was admitted to practice there, hut ten years ago returned to Arizona, located in Tombstone, his present home, and was admitted to practice in this State. Mr. Gilmore came from the portion of Ohio where a Republican is a rarity. His native county enjoys the distinction of having had but two Republican office holders in forty five years, and Jackson Township for nearly twenty years did not have a Republican vote. So, naturally he is a Democrat. He was elected to his present position in 1911 by a majority of 711, the second highest received in Cochise County, and has made an excellent official. He had previously served as Attorney of Tombstone for two years. In November, 1911, he was elected Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Phythias for the Domain of Arizona, and served 18 months. During 1912 the order made the greatest gain in the State that has been made in its history with the exception of the year 1902. He is also a prominent and active member of Bisbee Lodge No. 671 B. P. O. E. Mr. Gilmore was married in Los Angeles to Miss Minta Keach, a native of Texas. Two children, Muriel, aged seven, and Stuart, aged four, have been born to them.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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