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John M. HAMILTON

(1855-1916)

HAMILTON, John M., a Representative from West Virginia; born in Weston, Lewis County, Va. (now West Virginia), March 16, 1855; attended the public schools; recorder of the town of Weston in 1876; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Grantsville, Calhoun County, W.Va.; committee clerk in the State senate 1881 and 1882; assistant clerk of the senate 1883-1887; resumed the practice of law in 1887; member of the State house of delegates 1887 and 1888; clerk of the house of delegates 1888-1890; also engaged in banking and served as president of the Calhoun County Bank 1901-1916; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress and for election in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; served as president of the Calhoun County High School Board; died in Grantsville, W.Va., on December 27, 1916; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Old Bethlehem, W.Va.

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

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