Biography of C. C. Hamilton
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C. C. Hamilton. Was born at New Milford, Connecticut, December 15, 1851, of Irish parents. At the age of three years his father removed to New York City, where he resided until February 21, 1868. While at New York he attended Grammar School No. 8 of that city, from which he graduated at the age of twelve years. After leaving school, he worked as errand boy for a short time, and then commenced learning a trade, shoemaking at which he continued employed until he left New York. While working there during the fall and winter seasons he attended night school, in accordance with the desire of his father. February 21, 1868, the family left New York for San Francisco, at which place they arrived about a month later. He worked in San Francisco in the Lick House for a short time as bell boy, after which he left home and went to Contra Costa county, near San Pablo, where he worked on a farm during the harvest of that year. The following winter was spent on a dairy in Margin county, and the succeeding summer found him harvesting once more in Contra Costa. The next two seasons were passed in the same way, when at the end of the latter he started for Mendocino county. He entered it with his blankets on his back, and met Mr. H. L. Hensley, a farmer near Ukiah, who gave him employment as a farm hand for a short time upon his farm He then worked for a Mr. Peck, a shoemaker in Ukiah; and afterwards for W. H. Barnes, also a shoemaker, whose kindly manner and good advice wrought a lasting change in his ambition and mode of life. While working with Mr. Barnes, he took up his books once more, commenced attending school, working nights and Saturdays to pay his way, and finally, at the March term, 1874, succeeded in obtaining a first grade county certificate to teach school in Mendocino county. He continued his studies while teaching, and in the intervals attended school. An opportunity presenting itself through the kindness of Judge R. McGarvey, he commenced the study of law. On April 2, 1876, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ella Burger, of Ukiah City. On the 3d of April, 1877, a son, James Callaghan, was born to them. On the second Monday of August, 1877, he was admitted to practice law in the District Court of the Twenty second Judicial District in and for Mendocino county. On the 25th day of August, 1878, a daughter, tetta Jane, was born to them. On the 20th of March, 1880, a daughter, Ella, was born to them. On the second Monday in May, 1880, he was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the State of California.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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