REV. ALEXANDER HAMILTON, M.A., WESTON: Rector of Emanuel Parish, Minister in charge of Christ Parish, Redding,
and Missionary in Fairfield County.
The subject of this sketch is third in descent from Alexander Hamilton of Revoltionary days, and son of General
Alexander Hamilton of Tarrytown, New York; and on the maternal side a descendant of Richard Nicoll, the famous
English governor of New York. He was born at Setauket, Long Island, where he spent his youth until eleven years
of age, when, his father owning large estates in Northern New
Jersey in the Ramapo Valley, he removed there in 1844 - remaining till the close of 1861, when his family became
residents of New York city. He was educated at the public school and by tutors; took a special course in the General
Theological Seminary of New York; and in 1870 was ordained by Bishop Potter. Having a special aptitude for missionary
work, he became engaged in such effort successively at Armonk, Newcastle, and Pleasantville, and at Lewisboro,
Westchester county, New York.
Resigning the work at Lewisboro, he purchased, in 1884, the historical Smith residence on Newtown avenue, Norwalk,
Conn. While residing there, he prosecuted missionary work; and, taking a deep interest in the cause of education,
was elected a member of the school board annually. In 1889 the rectorship of Emanuel Parish became vacant, and
a call therefrom being extended to Mr. Hamilton, he moved to the rectory, and is now rector of that parish and
missionary of two of the oldest parishes in Connecticut, that at Redding being organized in 1727, and at Weston
in 1744 Belonging to these churches are many old and valuable books and an ancient communion set; at Redding a
Bible and prayer book, bound in one cover, under date 1726; while the communion set dates from 1735. Again elected
as school visitor and committee in Weston, he renders valuable and appreciated service. He inherits the financial
ability of Hamilton, and possesses the keenness and aptitude of one who has trained himself in the practical duties
of life. He is fully alive to the responsibility that rests upon him, and earnestly desires and endeavors to advance
by personal effort every good cause. Blessed with robust health, he is enabled to perform laborious work without
fatigue; on Sunday holding three services and two Sunday schools, preaching three sermons, and driving seventeen
miles. These, with callus upon the sick, fill up each of the fifty two Sundays of every year. Taking an interest
in local improvements, he aids all enterprises for promoting the welfare of the community in which he lives. In
politics he is a republican, though recognizing the princieple of equal rights among all men in the exercise of
the elective franchise. Mr. Hamilton has traveled throughout the British Isles and on the Continent, where he was
received with consideration, preaching in the American churches there, and attending many public receptions. In
1872 he married Miss Adele Walton, daughter of William W. Livermore, banker, of New York city, and a grand niece
of Charles Floyd, a signer of the declaration of independence. He has four children living, the youngest a son.
He is a member of the Cincinnati Society, Sons of the Revolution, Sons of Veterans, and the Historical Society
of Westchester County, New York. He is also a frequent contributor of articles to the press.
Illustrated Popular Biography
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891
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