Biography of the Hon. James L. Gillingham
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gillingham, Hon. James L., special justice of the Third District Court of Bristol coutity, was born in Chelsea, Mass., July 12, 1857, a son of James and Anna E. (Love) Gillingham. The family is of Scottish origin and has been well represented in America for several generations. When he was an infant the family removed to Charlestown, and after the death of his mother in January, 1859; moved to Fairhaven, where he attended the public schools and was graduated from the High School in 1876. In that same year Mr. Gillingham entered the office of Richmond & Cook, general agents of the Equitable Life Insurance Society, and two years later began to thoroughly equip himself for the law, reading in the office of Hon. Thomas M. Stetson and Francis B. Greene. He was admitted to the Bristol bar April 20, 1880, and has since practiced in New Bedford. He was admitted as an attorney in the United States Circuit Court at Boston, on June 14, 1882. A practitioner in New Bedford, Mr. Gillingham resides in Fairhaven, the home of his boyhood. He has always taken an active interest in the welfare of the town; is a member of the Fairhaven Improvement Association, a trustee of the Fairhaven Institution for Savings, the Riverside Cemetery.and the Millicent Library. In politics he is a Republican and has served on the town committee for a number of years. acting as chairman part of the time. He has been a member of the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee; has twice represented the Fourth District in the General Court and served on the committee on judiciary. Among the several appointive offices he has held were those of public administrator and of commissioner to qualify civil officers. On September 16, 1897, Governor Wolcott appointed him a special justice of the Third District Court of Bristol county. Mr. Gillingham has been a prominent Mason, past master of Concordia Lodge of Fairhaven and district deputy grand master of this district; he is also a member of Acushnet Lodge of Odd Fellows. He married in November, 1885, Elizabeth Byram Pratt of Fairhaven, and their children are Annie, Dana, James and Margaret.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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