Biography of James Hamilton
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





JAMES HAMILTON, dealer and shipper of grain, London, was born in Livingston County, N. Y., March 30, 1836. His father, James Hamilton, sr., was a native of Scotland, and there reared. He came to America about 1831, locating in Livingston County, N. Y, where he died in 1878. Hem was a farmer by occupation, and married Grace Marvin, also a native of Scotland. They had eight children, six now living, James being the only one in Ohio. Mrs. Hamilton departed this life in 1875. Our subject was reared and educated in New York, and in early life was a school teacher. He located in Clark County, Ohio, in 1856, and taught school there for seven years. He was in the mercantile trade one year at Selma, that county, and next engaged in general merchandising at Plattsburg. He was there in business for nine years, and then sold his stock. He removed to Newark, Ohio, and resided there two years, being exclusively engaged in the grain trade. He came to London in the spring of 1876, and at present is probably the largest grain dealer in the county. He handles about 1,000,000 bushels of grain per year, buying and shipping from London and nine other points in Ohio. He employs an average force of twenty five men during the grain season, and has the personal supervision of the entire business. On June 16, 1879, Mr. Hamilton suffered the loss, by fire, of his warehouse at London. containing 2,000 bushels of wheat, and 400 bushels of corn, total loss, over insurance, about $4,000. Mr. Hamilton is a regular attendant on the services of the Presbyterian Church; and a Trustee in the official board. His politics are Republican, but he never aspired to office. Mr. Hamilton was married. March 8, 1866, to Addie Chamberlain, a native of Ohio. They have four children - Ralph, Grace, William L. and Mabel.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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