Charles Hadley Hamilton

Charles Hadley Hamilton (August 5, 1850  March 22, 1915) was an American lawyer, businessman, and Republican politician. He served as city attorney of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and represented downtown Milwaukee for one term in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was the son of Union Army general Charles Smith Hamilton.

19th century American politician
Charles H. Hamilton

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City Attorney of Milwaukee
In office
April 20, 1894  May 3, 1897
Preceded by Conrad Krez
Succeeded by Howard Van Wyck
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the Milwaukee 7th district
In office
January 7, 1878  January 6, 1879
Preceded by David P. Hull
Succeeded by Anson Allen
Personal details
Born (1850-08-05)August 5, 1850
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Died March 22, 1915(1915-03-22) (aged 64)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Resting place Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Spouse(s)
Caroline Austin Nichols

(m. 1873; died 1897)

Children
  • Agnes Mae Hamilton
  • (b. 1875; died 1876)
  • Ralph C. Hamilton
  • (b. 1878; died 1880)
  • Howard Seymour Hamilton
  • (b. 1881; died 1947)
  • Reginald Nichols Hamilton
  • (b. 1892; died 1946)
Parent(s)

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Charles Hadley Hamilton was born in Rochester, New York, in 1850. At age 2, his father moved the family to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where he was educated through the public schools. After high school, he joined a U.S. survey of Lake Superior and entered the University of Michigan in 1868, graduating as a mining engineer in 1869.[1]

That year, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was employed as a deputy U.S. marshalhis father was then U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. While employed as deputy marshal, he studied law and was admitted to the Milwaukee bar in 1872.[1] Rather than practicing law, he went into business, becoming a junior partner at the paper company of Sylus Van Buren and Co. Shortly thereafter, at age 24, he was sole owner of the company.[1]

Hamilton was active with the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and worked on the re-election campaign of President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. He was subsequently elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly for the 1878 session, representing Milwaukee’s 7th ward.[2]

After his Assembly term, he focused on his business interests and was an incorporator of the Menominee Chemical Company in 1883, to manufacture drug supplies.[3] He was also a founder of the Green Bay Land Company to purchase pine land for extraction.[4]

In April 1894, he was elected city attorney of Milwaukee. The incumbent, Conrad Krez, however, refused to give up the office, citing an 1889 act of the Wisconsin Legislature which extended the city attorney’s term to four years. Hamilton sued and won his case, enabling him to take office on April 20.[5] Krez appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which upheld the circuit court decision.[6] Hamilton ultimately only served three years of his term, resigning in May 1897 to receive an appointment as special assistant city attorney, a position created by a new law. The change allowed him to remain in office for another three years at only a slightly reduced salary.[7]

Hamilton died at Milwaukee in March 1915.[8]

  1. The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-made Men. Wisconsin Volume. American Biographical Publishing Co. 1877. pp. 160–161. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  2. Bashford, R. M., ed. (1878). “Official Directory”(PDF). The Legislative Manual of the State of Wisconsin (Report). State of Wisconsin. p. 476. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  3. “State News”. Oshkosh Northwestern. February 8, 1883. p. 2. Retrieved November 28, 2021 via Newspapers.com.
  4. “Green Bay Land Company”. Green Bay Gazette. September 3, 1890. p. 4. Retrieved November 28, 2021 via Newspapers.com.
  5. “Krez Knocked Out”. Wood County Reporter. April 26, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved November 28, 2021 via Newspapers.com.
  6. State ex rel. Hamilton v. Krez, 88 Wis. 135 (Wisconsin Supreme Court May 25, 1894).
  7. “A Place for Hamilton”. The Weekly Wisconsin. May 8, 1897. p. 7. Retrieved November 28, 2021 via Newspapers.com.
  8. “Death of C. H. Hamilton”. Green Bay Gazette. March 23, 1915. p. 8. Retrieved November 28, 2021 via Newspapers.com.

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