Courtney W. Hamlin

Courtney Walker Hamlin ( born October 27, 1858 in Brevard, Transylvania County, North Carolina, † February 16, 1950 in Santa Monica, California ) was an American politician. Between 1903 and 1905, and again from 1907 to 1919, he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Courtney Hamlin was a cousin of Congressman William Edward Barton ( 1868-1955 ). In 1869 he came with his parents to Leasburg, Missouri, where he attended the public schools. In addition, he still graduated from the Salem Academy. After a subsequent law degree in 1882 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Bolivar to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In the congressional elections of 1902, Hamlin was seventh in the electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Cooney on March 4, 1903. As he defeated Republican John Welborn in 1904, he was initially able to do only one term in Congress until March 3, 1907.

In the 1906 elections Hamlin was elected again in the seventh district of his state in Congress, where he replaced 1907 Welborn again on March 4. After five re- elections, he could spend up to March 3, 1919 six further terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1913 the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. In the years 1917 and 1918, the work of the Congress of the events of the First World War was marked. From 1911 to 1919 Hamlin was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1918, Courtney Hamlin has not been nominated by his party for re-election. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced until 1935 in Springfield as a lawyer. Then he withdrew into retirement, which he spent in Santa Monica. There he died on February 16, 1950 at the age of 97 years. He was buried in Springfield.