William Addison Gilmore
WILLIAM A. GILMORE is a bright lawyer and a prominent member of the Nome bar. He came to Nome from Seattle in the spring of 1900, but did not relinquish his Seattle office, where he was associated with P. V. Davis, under the firm name of Davis & Gilmore. He retained his interest in this partnership, returning to
Seattle in the fall of the year for the first two seasons after his venture in Alaska, but in 1 902 he disposed of his Seattle interests and came to Nome to reside permanently, at least for years, if not forever. A lucrative and steadily growing practice attests the esteem
in which he is held both as a man and as a lawyer.
Mr. Gilmore is a native of Oakland, Cal, and was thirty-five years old January 19 of this year, 1905. When he was one year old his parents moved to Portland, Ore., and thence to Vancouver, Wash., where he
lived until twenty years of age. After graduating from Monmouth College in 1891 , he began the reading of law, and three years later went to Chicago and entered the law department of the
Northwestern University, and was a student in this institution for two years. In
1897he was graduated from the law department of Lake Forest University, receiving the degree
of LL. B. He returned to the Northwest, and in 1897 opened an office and began
the practice of his profession in Seattle. In 1898 he was appointed secretary of the
Republican State Central Committee of Washington.
The following year he formed a partnership with P. V. Davis, as before noted,
but the prospects of the Northern gold fields, the possibility of acquiring valuable
mining interests and the certainty of litigation in the new country, caused him to join
the great stampede which makes the year 1900 conspicuous in the history of Nome.
During the first season in Nome he was retained by the Good Hope Mining Company,
of Chicago, and the Swedish Mission in suits over Anvil Creek claims, in which he was
successful and for which he received large fees. He has since been attorney in a
number of prominent suits in the Federal Court or this division of Alaska, notably as the
representative of the adverse claimants in the matter of application for a patent to
Claim No. I 1 Dexter Creek, in which a compromise was effected entirely satisfactory
to his clients, and by which they lost none of their property; also in the case of Nestor
vs. N. C. Co., in which he secured a verdict. This case was appealed and is now
pending before the appellate court. Mr. Gilmore is the attorney for the Campion
Mining and Trading Company, and is conducting its litigation with the great rival
ditch company, the Miocene Ditch Co., over the possession of the water of the Nome
River Divide. Mr. Gilmore was leading counsel for the defense in the prosecution of
J. L. Bates, for bribery, in the District Court. He is a prominent member of the Arctic
Brotherhood, and at this writing is Arctic Chief of Camp Nome, No. 9. He is also
an Eagle, being a member of Aerie No. 1 , of Seattle, the mother aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He belongs to the Woodmen of the World, and Modern Woodmen of America, and retains his membership in the Seattle Athletic Club.
November 6, 1891, he married Miss Carrie I. Thompson, of Tacoma. The fruit of the union is a daughter, Dorothy Belle, born in 1903, and the apple of her
Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by
R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.