Thomas L. Hamer

Thomas Lyon Hamer (* July 1800 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, † December 2, 1846 in Monterrey, Mexico ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1839 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Hamer attended the public schools of his home. In 1817 he came to Ohio, where he worked as a teacher. After studying law and his 1821 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Georgetown in this profession. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. In the years 1825, 1828 and 1829, he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio, which he was president in 1829.

In the congressional elections of 1832 Hamer was in the fifth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Russell on March 4, 1833. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1839 three legislative periods. These were determined to 1837 of the discussions about the policy of President Jackson. As Congressman Thomas Hamer nominated the young Ulysses S. Grant for its admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

During the Mexican- American War in 1846 Hamer was brigadier general in the American armed forces in July. He took an active part in the hostilities. In the autumn of 1846 he was again elected to Congress. At this time he was still in the military mission in Mexico, where he died suddenly on 2 December 1846. Therefore, he could not take up his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. On 2 March 1847, he was posthumously honored by Congress with a sword of honor, which was handed over to his relatives. He was buried in Georgetown. His nephew Thomas Ray Hamer (1864-1950) was a congressman for Idaho.