In the late 18th century, no Charlestown resident was as well known as Nathaniel Gorham. He was born here, became a successful businessman, and settled his family in the Gorham home fronting City Square.
During the Revolutionary War he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate. He gained national recognition when he was named to the Continental Congress in the 1780s, became its president in 1786, and signed the Constitution in 1787. He died in Charlestown in 1796.