Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

William T. Hamilton (1820-1888)
MSA SC 3520-1469

Governor of Maryland, 1880-1884 (Democrat)

Born: September 8, 1820, Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland1
Father: Henry Hamilton2
Mother: Anna Mary (Hess) Hamilton3
            Tutored by James Brown of Boonsboro
            Attended Hagerstown Academy, Washington County
            Attended Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, 1836-1840
            Studied law under John Thomson Mason, ca. 18404
Marriage:  September 8, 1859 to Clara Holmes Jenness5
Children:  Richard Jenness, Julia Halliburton, Clare, Josephine, William T., Leonore, two children that died in infancy6
Religious affiliation:  Presbyterian7
Positions held:
            Admitted to the bar, 1843
            Practiced law, Hagerstown
            Maryland House, 1846
            U.S. Representative, 1849-1855
            In partnership with Richard H. Alvey, ca. 1855
            Farmer, 1855-1888
            State Director, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company, elected April 1867
            U.S. Senator, 1869-1875
            Governor of Maryland, 1880-1884
            President, Hagerstown Bank, ca. 1885-1888
            President, Washington County Waterworks, ca. 1885-1888
            President, Board of Street Commissioners, Hagerstown, ca. 1885-1888
            President, Hagerstown Board of Trade, ca. 1885-1888
            President, Rose Hill Cemetery Company, ca. 1885-18888
Died: October 26, 1888, Hagerstown9
Buried: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington County10

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