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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Colonel William Stephen Hamilton
In Memory of the Rough Diamond
 
Colonel William Stephen Hamilton Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
1. Colonel William Stephen Hamilton Marker
 
Inscription.
Born in New York August 4, 1797; came to California in 1849
Died on October 9, 1850
In size and features, talent and character, He much resembled his illustrious father.
Sacramento Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

 
Erected 1992 by The Children of the American Revolution, Patricia M. Stanford, Regent.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 38° 33.679′ N, 121° 30.108′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Click for map. Marker is located on a bench at the William Stephan Hamilton Burial Site in the Hamilton Square Perennial Garden of the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Logan Butler (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cemetery Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); General Albert Maver Winn (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bennett Brothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Hopkins Monument (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); Mark Hopkins (about 400 feet away); Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D. (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Pioneer Cemetery Grove (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Colonel William Stephen Hamilton Grave Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
2. Colonel William Stephen Hamilton Grave Marker
Marker is off photo to the left
 

 
Regarding Colonel William Stephen Hamilton. William was born in New York on August 4, 1797. He was the third son of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Like his father he had political aspirations, and did serve in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1824. He did attempt to run for State Senator to the U.S. Congress, but was not elected.

He attended the United States Military Academy, but resigned and he also was a member of a volunteer militia and fought in both the Winnebago and Black Hawk Indian Wars.

He was also known as a miner and he established Hamiltonís Diggins, a lead-ore mine in what is now known as Wiota, Wisconsin. He headed west to California when he heard of the gold discovery. He died a year later, in what many believe, as a victim of the Cholera Epidemic of 1850.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Article: William S. Hamilton. (Submitted on October 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. From the Diary of Dr. Israel Lord A Doctor's Gold Rush Journey to California
[Nevada]: “August 25, 1849: This morning Col. Wm. Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton of Revolutionary memory passed our camp. He is a small, active, smart looking man, apparently fifty, and was once undoubtedly a very handsome man. His exterior is now not of the smoothest, though a decent hat would much improve it. He was wearing, or rather is capped with, an old, rusty, torn, shockingly dilapidated, part of a straw hat – the major part it is true, but a very considerable minority has seceded.”

[Sacramento, California]: “Monday, Oct. 7, 1850. Died today at a quarter to 12 M. of heart disease – Col. Wm. S. Hamilton, youngest son of Alexander Hamilton who years by gone was swept from political arena by the fiendlike malice of Aaron Burr."
 
Close Up of Artwork on Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
3. Close Up of Artwork on Monument
 
    — Submitted November 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,899 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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