Nathaniel Gorham isn’t usually a name one thinks of when you mention US Presidents.
The following biography was adapted from “The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress” and is found here.
- born in Charlestown, Mass., May 27, 1738
- member of the provincial legislature 1771-1775
- delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1775
- member of the board of war 1778-1781
- delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1779
- served in the State senate in 1780 and 1781
- Member of the Continental Congress in 1782, 1783, 1786, 1787, and 1789 and was its president from June 6, 1786, to February 2, 1787 [this makes him a “US President” – George Washington wasn’t elected until 1789]
- delegate to the Federal Convention at Philadelphia in 1787 and signed the Constitution
- delegate to the State constitutional convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788
- judge of the court of common pleas from July 1, 1785, until his resignation on May 31, 1796
- died in Charlestown, Mass., June 11, 1796
Nathaniel Gorham is Her 3rd cousin 7 times removed.