1864 - 1954
Harrold Edgar Gillingham (1864-1954) of Germantown, Pennsylvania, was a transportation executive, collector of American antiques, and a numismatist scholar noted for publishing a series of monographs on medals of merit and decorations of honor. He was born in Hainsport, New Jersey, and attended Lauderbach Academy and Germantown Academy. He became an associate member of the American Numismatic Society in 1916, a life fellow and council member in 1918, and treasurer from 1924 to 1938. In 1931 he was awarded a Huntington Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to numismatic scholarship. Gillingham also served as vice president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Historical Societies, writing articles on topics such as Philadelphia silversmiths, ship building, and early fire defenses of Philadelphia and New York City.