Cornelius S. Hamilton

Cornelius Springer Hamilton ( born January 2, 1821 in Gratiot, Muskingum County, Ohio, † December 22, 1867 in Marysville, Ohio ) was an American politician. In 1867, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Cornelius Hamilton attended the public schools of his home and then the Granville College. In 1839 he moved with his parents in the Union County, where he worked in farming with his father. After studying law and his 1845 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in Marysville in this profession. In 1845 he was also Landbegutachter (Land Appraiser ). From 1850 to 1851 he took part in a constitutional convention of his state as a delegate. Between 1850 and 1853 he was editor and publisher of the newspaper Marysville Tribune. Politically, he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. In the years 1856 and 1857 he was a member of the Senate of Ohio. In 1862 he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the assessor in the eighth congressional district of his state. This office he held until 1866.

In the congressional elections of 1866 Hamilton in the eighth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC was chosen, where he became the successor of James Randolph Hubbell on March 4, 1867. This mandate he was able to exercise until his death on 22 December of the same year. Since 1865 the work of the Congress was marked by tensions between the Republicans and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment.

Cornelius Hamilton suffered a tragic fate in December 1867. After signs of madness had been found with his son Thomas, this should be placed in a mental hospital. Thomas defended himself against this measure, smiting his father with a wooden bar.