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William Thomas Hamilton

Governor of Maryland , senator

William Thomas Hamilton, American senator, governor of Maryland. member United States House of Representatives from Maryland., 31st-33d congresses, 1849-1855; member United States Senate (Democratic) from Maryland., 1869-1875, voted against 15th Amendment, opposed “salary grab” act which would greatly increase salaries government officials.

Background

Hamilton, William Thomas was born on September 8, 1820 in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States. Son of Henry and Anna (Hess) Hamilton.

Education

Attended Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Career

Admitted to Maryland. bar, 1845. Democratic member Maryland. House of Delegates, 1846-1847.

Member United States House of Representatives from Maryland., 31st-33d congresses, 1849-1855. Member United States Senate (Democratic) from Maryland., 1869-1875, voted against 15th Amendment, opposed “salary grab” act which would greatly increase salaries government officials. Opposed secession although he upheld right to secede.

Governor Maryland., 1879-1883.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives from Maryland., 31st-33d congresses, 1849-1855. Member United States Senate (Democratic) from Maryland., 1869-1875, voted against 15th Amendment, opposed “salary grab” act which would greatly increase salaries government officials.

Connections

Married Clara Jenness, 1859, 6 children.

father:
Henry Hamilton

mother:
Anna (Hess) Hamilton

spouse:
Clara Jenness