Biography of Frederick Gillmore
Oneida County, NY Biographies





A man who has been elected to three important public offices in four years probably has special qualifications for leadership. He must possess in a very high degree the confidence of his fellow citizens and he must also possess rare executive or administrative talent. Such a man is Frederick Gilimore, mayor of Utica, who served before his election to the mayoralty as city assessor and as sheriff of Oneida county, all of which offices he filled within four years a record that can scarcely be duplicated in New York or any other state of the Union.

Mr. Gillmore was born in Utica February 23, 1873, a son of Charles Dexter and Mary A. (Lewis) Gillmore, both of whom were natives of Utica. The Gilimore family were early settlers of Oneida county and Dexter Gilimore, the grandfather on the paternal side, was a justice of the peace and city clerk of Utica in the early days. The maternal grandfather, Martin G. Lewis, is now living in Utica. Charles Dexter Gilimore, the father of our subject, was born in this city March 22, 1841, and died March 17, 1911, being then nearly seventy years of age. His entire life was spent in the city of his nativity and here he received his education and learned the trade of molder. After working a number of years at his trade he became connected with George B. Chase in the cigar business and later entered the same line of business with John W. Bebb. For several years they conducted the store of Gillmore & Bebb on Baggs Square. Mr. Gilimore made many friends in the city among whom he was highly popular He was a member of the Rescue Hook and Ladder Company of the old volunteer fire department and also of the Exempt Firemen's Association. Religiously he was identified with the Tabernacle Baptist church and politically with the democratic party, being a member of the Democratic Association of this city. He was a man of exemplary character, happy disposition and unassuming good fellowship. He is survived by two brothers: William A., of Syracuse; and Frank, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Mrs. Gillmore died November 20, 1908.

Frederick Gillmore, the only son of his parents, was educated in the public schools of Utica and after laying aside his books engaged as clerk in the wholesale clothing business for several years in this city. He next entered the city engineer's office with which he was identified for seven years, after which he served for three years as clerk of the board of assessors. In November, 1904, he was elected city assessor for a term of three years, but resigned after one year, having been elected sheriff of Oneida county for three years during which time he discharged his duties in such a way as to meet the hearty commendation of the people. There were two death convictions while he filled the office of sheriff, the condemned men being electrocuted at Auburn prison. He was the first sheriff to occupy offices in the new courthouse. In November, 1909, he was elected mayor of the city of Utica, which position he has filled to the general satisfaction of the voters.

Mr. Gillmore was united in marriage to Miss Anna M. Hickey, a daughter of John and Margaret Hickey of Utica, and two children have blessed this union, Charles F. and Grace M. Politically Mr. Gillmore is a supporter of the democratic party and ever since arriving at his majority has been an active worker in its behalf. He holds membership in the Democratic Association and for twelve or fifteen years past has given his time largely to political affairs. By the conscientious discharge of his duties he has gained the confidence and support of the best class of citizens, showing an integrity and ability most creditable to himself and resulting in permanent benefits to the county and city. His record is an indication that faithful service in public office often meets with just recognition. He has many warm personal friends in Utica and Oneida county and fraternally is a valued member of Lodge No. 33, B. P. O. E. and of the Royal Arcanum and the Knights of the Maccabees.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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