Hamlin, Vice-President Hannibal 

Hamlin, Vice-President Hannibal

Male 1809 - 1891

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    Birth  27 Aug 1809  Paris, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  4 Jul 1891  Bangor, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hannibal Hamlin, a prominent United States statesman, was born in Paris, Oxford County, Maine, August 27, 1809. When nearly prepared to enter college the impaired health of an elder brother recalled him from school to assist upon the paternal farm. At the age of eighteen he commenced the study of law under the direction of another brother residing in the eastern part of his native State. Little progress had been made in this respect, however, when the death of his father necessitated young Hannibal's return home to take charge of the farm, and for two succeeding years he continued in this position. About the time he became of age he spent a year in a printing office as a compositor, and was associated with Mr. Horatio King in the proprietorship of the "Jeffersonian," a paper printed in his native town. He then resumed the study of law, at the end of three years was admitted to the bar, and entered at once on the practice of his profession. On the very day of his admission he gained a case. In April of that year, 1833, he removed to Hampden, near Bangor, where he has since resided. When established in his new location he directly entered upon a large practice, which he continued for fifteen years during that time frequently delivering political and other addresses. From 1836 to 1840 Mr. Hamlin was annually elected a member of the Legislature of Maine, and for three of those five years was Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was elected a Representative of his native State to the Twenty-eighth Congress, and was reflected for the following term. He served on the Committee on Naval Affairs and was Chairman of the Committee on Elections. In 1847 he again became a member of the House of Representatives in the Maine Legislature. In May 1848, he was elected to the Senate of the United States for four years, filling a vacancy occasioned by the death of John Fairfield. He was re-elected for the full Senatorial term in July 1851. All these official positions were bestowed upon him by the Democratic party, and up to the time of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska bill, in 1854, he was a member of that party. He publicly changed his politics in a speech in the Senate on that celebrated bill, and thenceforward gave his support to the Republican party, of which he has continued a faithful and prominent leader In January, 1857, having been elected Governor of Maine as the Republican candidate, Mr. Hamlin resigned his seat in the Senate. A little more than a week after his inauguration as Governor it was announced that he was for the third time chosen a Senator of the United States. Resigning his new office, upon the duties of which he had scarcely entered, he resumed his seat in the United States Senate. After his return to Congress he served as a member of the Committees on Commerce and on the District of Columbia. In 1860 he was unexpectedly nominated by the Republican party as their candidate for the office of Vice-President of the United States. In the fall of that year he was elected in connection with Abraham Lincoln as President. He presided over the Senate from 1861 to 1865 with great ability, and upon the expiration of the term was appointed Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston, but resigned in the following year on account of his disapproval of the policy of President Johnson. He was subsequently reelected to the Senate, and took his seat for the fourth time as a member of that body March 4, 1869. During his entire service as Senator he was a member of the laborious and important committee on Commerce, of which he was the chairman for seven years. In this latter capacity he had supervision of all the great questions and measures affecting the commerce of the country, both domestic and foreign. Mr. Hamlin displayed in an eminent degree the qualities of a prompt, intelligent and efficient businessman, with executive abilities of a rare and high order. He made it a first object to meet the demands upon him by his own constituents and State. Every letter of this sort was promptly attended to and answered. The draft constantly made upon his time and efforts, every man who knows anything of the official duties of a Congressman will be able to appreciate. All parties in Maine demanded these services of Mr. Hamlin, and they accorded him the praise of fidelity and efficiency in devotion to their interests. Mr. Hamlin is a man of dignified presence, of solid abilities and of unflinching integrity.
    Person ID  I27248  Nauset

    Father  Hamlin, Cyrus M.D.,   b. 21 Jul 1769, Pembroke, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1829, Paris, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Livermore, Anna,   b. 6 Apr 1775, Waltham, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1852, Paris, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Dec 1797  Waltham, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F9355  Group Sheet

    Family  Emery, Sarah Jane,   b. Abt 1817, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1856 
    • Marriage 1 Sarah Jane Emery b: Abt 1817 in Maine
      Charles C. Hamlin b: Sep 1837 in Maine
      Cyrus Hamlin b: Abt 1840 in Maine
      Sarah J. Hamlin b: Abt 1842 in Maine

      Marriage 2 Ellen V. Emery b: Sep 1835 in Maine
      Married: Sep 1856
      Note: Ellen was the half-sister of Hannibal's first wife, Sarah. 2
      Hannibal (or Henry?) E. Hamlin b: Abt 1858 in Maine
      Frank Hamlin b: Abt 1863 in Maine
    Family ID  F9356  Group Sheet

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