1791-1858
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February 16, 1791, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

February 9, 1858, Kingston, Massachusetts, while visiting the family of his son-in-law, Charles J. Bowen.

Unitarian Church Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Son of Frederick Gilman and Abigail H. Somes, Samuel in his early years attended the Academy in Atkinson, New Hampshire, and was subsequently a clerk at the Essex Bank in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College with honors in 1811, and was a mathematics tutor there from 1817 to 1819. He studied theology under Drs. Ware and Kirkland, and on December 1, 1819, was ordained pastor of a Unitarian congregation in Charlestown, South Carolina, where he stayed until his death.

On October 14, 1819, Gilman married Caroline Howard, daughter of Samuel Howard of Boston, Massachusetts. He made contributions to the Christian Examiner, the North American Review, and the Southern Quarterly. The longest of his poems was one on Human Life, which he read before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge in 1815. His other works include:

  1. Father, Be Thy Blessing Shed
  2. Father! Thy Rich Spirit Shed
  3. Hail, Our Country’s Natal Morn
  4. O God, Accept the Sacred Hour
  5. This Child We Dedicate to Thee
  6. We Sing Thy Mercy, God of Love!
  7. Yes, to the Last Command
  1. This Child We Dedicate to Thee