Hamilton, William Reeve was born on June 13, 1855 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Charles Smith (major general United States of America) and Sophia J. (Shepard) H.
Student of University of Wisconsin, 1871-1872. Appointed from Wisconsin, and graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1876. Graduate Artillery School, 1894.
(honorary Master of Science, Asbury, now De Pauw U., 1882).
Second Lieutenant 5th Artillery, June 15, 1876. Promoted through grades to colonel Coast Artillery Corps, January 14, 1909. Retired. Professor military science and tactics, Asbury U., 1879-1883.
Instructor N.G.S.N.Y., 1888-1890. Professor military science and tactics, University of Nevada, 1894-1897. Served at Fort Slocum, New York, Willetts Pt.
Artillery Sub-post, and Tampa, Florida, in siege artillery train during Spanish-American War. Commanded Fort Schuyler, New York, 1899-1901, Fort Terry, New York, 1901-1903. Stationed at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina., 1903-1905.
On general recruiting duty, St. Louis, 1905-1907. Statistician of military and naval tables, New York World Almanac, 1887—.