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Robert HAMILTON

(1809-1878)

HAMILTON, Robert, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Hamburg, Sussex County, N.J., December 9, 1809; attended the common schools; moved to Newton, N.J., in 1831; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Newton; prosecutor of pleas of Sussex County 1848-1858, 1868, and 1869; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston and Baltimore in 1860; member of the State house of assembly 1863 and 1864 and served as speaker; president of the Merchant’s National Bank 1865-1878; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and Forty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1877); resumed the practice of law; director of the Morris & Essex Railroad Co.; died in Newton, Sussex County, N.J., March 14, 1878; interment in Newton Cemetery.

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

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