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Ferdinand Gildersleeve

merchant , banker

Ferdinand Gildersleeve, American merchant, banker. member Portland Town School Committee.


Gildersleeve, Ferdinand was born on August 20, 1840 in Gildersleeve, Connecticut, United States. Son of Sylvester and Emily Shepard (Cornwall) Gildersleeve.


Educated in public and private schools, and 6 months in Europe, 1864.


Senior partner S. Gildersleeve & Sons, merchants and formerly shipbuilders, established 1821. President First National Bank, Portland, Connecticut (organized, 1865), since 1894. Treasurer Freestone Savings Bank, Portland, since 1902(president, 1887-1802).

Director and secretary Portland Water Company, owner large farm at Gildersleeve. Trustee Connecticut Hospital for Insane (finance committee). Member Portland Town School Committee.

Established postoffice at Gildersleeve, 1872, and p.m. until 1916. Corporator Middlesex Hospital. Vestryman Trinity Church (Episcopal), Portland, since 1865, now junior warden.

Home: Gildersleeve, Conn.


Member Portland Town School Committee.


Married Adelaide Edna Smith, October 29, 1879 (died 1880). Married second, Harriet Elizabeth Northam, September 12, 1883.

Sylvester Gildersleeve

Emily Shepard (Cornwall) Gildersleeve

Adelaide Edna Smith

Harriet Elizabeth Northam