Biography of Charles S. Hamilton
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CHARLES STORRS HAMILTON, NEW HAVEN: Attorney at Law.

Charles S. Hamilton was born Jan. 3, 1846. He is descended on his father's side from the famous family of which Alexander Hamilton was a member. The family, which is of Scotch-Irish extraction, came to Rhode Island in 640, and went from there to Norwich, Conn. The Storrs family, from which Mr. Hamilton takes his middle name, is connected with the Hamilton family by marriage. On his mother's side, Mr. Hamilton's ancestors were of German descent, who came to New York about the year 1600, his maternal grandfather being a direct lineal descendant of Conrad Garner, the Zurich scholar and philosopher. The early years of Mr. Hamilton's life were spent entirely in study, and in 1869 he graduated from college with high honors. He has never failed in his love for the classics, and still reads Greek and Latin as a pastime, and speaks both French and German fluently. After graduating, Mr. Hamilton went to Boston and commenced the study of law with Congressman Clarke, and entered the Yale Law School in 1872, graduating one year later on account of advanced standing. He also took a special course in the Yale Medical School, to the more thoroughly fit himself for the extensive practice in technical cases in which he has since been so successful. The following winter was spent in traveling in the southern states, and in May, 1874, he opened an office in the Yale Bank building, which he still occupies. As a jury lawyer he has been peculiarly successful, and an inspection of the different court dockets shows that he appears in a large percentage of jury cases. He has always from the first fought his cases single handed and alone, except where he has been called in to act as senior counsel in closely contested cases. Mr. Hamilton's success at the bar is due to his superb generalship and thorough preparation. He is never surprised by an adversary, and never fails to detect the weak point in the enemy's line, and take advantage of it. He frequently wins his case before the actual trial, by outgeneraling the other party in the preliminary manceuvering. He is a " master of English," and his jury addresses are fine specimens of the use of wit, pathos, and sarcasm. An announcement that Mr. Hamilton is to speak in an important case never fails to crowd the court room with students and fellow members of the bar. In politics Mr. Hamilton has always been a republican, but has seldom accepted office. In 1888, in response to the urgent request of the residents of the western part of the city, he was nominated for councilman of the second ward, and was elected by a handsome majority, although the ward is naturally democratic. In 1889 he was nominated for alderman, and received a majority of no. In 1890 he received the unanimous nomination of the convention for state senator, and succeeded in reducing the usual democratic majority by several hundred. In the year 1890 he was chairman of the commission to compile the charter and revise the city ordinances of the city of New Haven, and earned the perpetual gratitude of the members of the bar and city officials by the thorough and discriminating manner in which that task was accomplished. He takes a deep interest in legislative matters, and has drafted many of our important statutes.

Mr. Hamilton has a charming family, consisting of an accomplished wife and two young children. He is an Episcopalian in religion, and is a member of St. Paul's church. He has been for many years a vestryman of that church. Mr. Hamilton is a Freemason, and a member of Hiram Lodge, No. 1.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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