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Hagerstonians in the Civil War

Governor William T. Hamilton, 1820-1888

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 20, 2012
1. Hagerstonians in the Civil War Marker
Inscription. William T. Hamilton was born in Boonsboro. He attended the Hagerstown Academy and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. Hamilton passed the bar in 1845 and opened a law practice in Hagerstown. After serving one year in the Maryland Legislature, he was elected to three terms in the United States House of Representatives (1849-1855). He served in no public office during the Civil War, however he was one of the party of Hagerstown leaders who arranged for the payment of the Confederate ransom to General McCausland in 1864.

After the War, Hamilton served one term as a United States Senator from 1868 to 1874. He was elected the 38th Governor of Maryland and served as the stateís chief executive from 1880 until 1884. Full of the entrepreneurial spirit, he also engaged in many business enterprises, including the construction of the Hamilton and Baldwin House hotels, one block east of here. When Governor Hamilton died in 1888, he was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery.

His widow developed the Oak Hill subdivision on the grounds of their summer home in the late 1800,s.

This was the site of Governor Hamiltonís “town” home. He purchased the former Valley Bank building in the 1850ís and converted it for use as a residence. The residence was demolished in 1959.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area.
 
Location. 39° 38.652′ N, 77° 43.464′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on North Prospect Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8 North Prospect Street, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hagerstonians In The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Treatment of the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hagerstonians In The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Prospect (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cumberland Valley Railroad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shenandoah Valley Railroad (about 600 feet away); Crossroads of History (about 600 feet away); Ransom of Hagerstown (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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