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Charles Memorial HAMILTON

(1840-1875)

HAMILTON, Charles Memorial, a Representative from Florida; born in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County, Pa., November 1, 1840; attended the public schools and was graduated from the Columbia Law School, Columbia, Pa.; entered the Union Army as a private in 1861 and served in Company A, Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Corps; appointed judge advocate of the general court-martial and general pass officer for the Army of the Potomac; served on the staff of the Military Governor of Washington, D.C., until transferred to Marianna, Fla., in 1865; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in Marianna, Fla.; upon the readmission of the State of Florida to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses and served from July 1, 1868, to March 3, 1871; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1870; appointed senior major general of the Florida Militia in February 1871; postmaster of Jacksonville, Fla., from July 27, 1871, to March 1, 1872; appointed collector of customs at Key West, Fla., in February 1873; resigned on account of ill health; died in Pine Creek Township, Clinton County, Pa., October 22, 1875; interment in Jersey Shore Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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