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.
Father: Henry HAMILTON b: ABT 1796 in Greencastle, Franklin Co., PA
Mother: Anna Mary Magdalena HESS b: 1798 in Washington Co., MD
Marriage 1 Clara Holmes JENNESS b: 1837 in New Hampshire