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William Thomas HAMILTON

(1820-1888)
Senate Years of Service:
1869-1875
Party:
Democrat

HAMILTON, William Thomas, a Representative and a Senator from Maryland; born in Boonsboro, Washington County, Md., September 8, 1820; attended Brown’s School, Boonsboro, Md., and Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Hagerstown; member, State house of delegates in 1846 and 1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first, Thirty-second, and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Thirty-third Congress); resumed the practice of law and farming in Hagerstown, Md.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1869, to March 3, 1875; was not a candidate for reelection in 1874; Governor of Maryland 1879-1883; continued the practice of law until his death in Hagerstown, Md., October 26, 1888; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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