Biography of Hector A. Gilman

A man of thorough business training and varied experience, Hector A. Gilman is now manager of the West Warwick branch of the Union Trust Company at West Warwick, Rhode Island. During the period of this connection he has amply demonstrated the value of his services to the company, and is now well known in the business and financial life of this section.

Mr. Gilman was born in Phenix, Rhode Island, on October 31, 1900, a son of Louis and Josephine (Plante) Gilman, both natives of Canada. The father, who is now living retired, was long engaged in the tea and coffee business.

Hector A. Gilman received his preliminary education in the public schools of Harris, Rhode Island, and at West Warwick High School. Later he entered the Bryant and Stratton Business College, and was graduated from that institution in 1921 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. After completing his education, Mr. Gilman accepted a position as teacher in the college for two and a half years, and at the end of this time, became associated with the Gorham Manufacturing Company as cost accountant, a position which he held for about four months. In 1928 he began his association with the Union Trust Company as assistant manager of their West Warwick branch, and only a short time later was promoted to manager. Mr. Gilman has continued as manager since that time. He has guided the affairs of his branch with every success, establishing sound and progressive policies, and extending the scope of its business.

In other fields of activity, Mr. Gilman has also been prominent. In 1926 he was elected a member of the School Board of the town of Coventry and in 1929 was chosen chairman of the board, serving in that capacity since. In politics he is an independent voter, and has given his best attention to civic affairs. He is affiliated fraternally with J. P. Gibson Council of the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Order of Foresters, while he also holds membership in several clubs, and other local organizations, including the West Warwick Lions Club, of which he is treasurer, the St. John’s Society, the West Warwick Board of Trade, and the Pawtuxet Valley Board of Trade. Mr. Gilman worships in the Roman Catholic faith, attending Notre Dame Church of this denomination of West Warwick. Golf, fishing, and hunting are his favorite recreations.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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