Thomas Hamer Day declared in Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio — A figure from Brown County, Ohio, who made his mark on history has been recognized by the state government.

The Ohio House of Representatives recently passed a resolution to dedicate Aug. 8 to Thomas Lyon Hamer, a lawyer, congressman, soldier, and a native to Georgetown, Ohio.

Hamer, born in July, 1800 in Northumberland County in Pennsylvania, moved to Ohio when he was 17 years old. According to the resolution, after Hamer moved to Ohio, he began a career in law, having then been admitted into the bar in 1821.

The resolution went on to say Hamer then established his own practice in Georgetown, shortly after his admission into the bar.

“While many would have been content with such an achievement, Thomas Hamer chose a life of service, and he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was named Speaker of the House, and then to the 23rd and 24th United State Congresses,” the resolution said.

According to a biography written by Jean Smith titled Grant, while in Congress, Hamer appointed a young Ulysses S. Grant to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Grant would go on to hold a high regard for Hamer.

Not only did Hamer practice law, but he also served in the Mexican-American War in the Ohio Volunteers. While serving in the war, he was promoted to brigadier general and participated in the Battle of Monterrey, taking command of his brigade after their commanding officer was killed.

Hamer died unexpectedly on Dec. 2 1846, in Monterrey, Mexico, while still stationed with the army. Hamer was buried in his hometown of Georgetown.

Due to his accomplishments and his effect on this nation’s history, the Ohio House of Representatives found it fitting to dedicate a day to the local legend.

“Described by President Ulysses S. Grant as one of the ablest men Ohio ever produced, Thomas Hamer was interred in his hometown of Georgetown, Ohio, and his legacy continues to live on in the form of the two communities named in his honor; Hamersville and Hamer Township,” the resolution reads. “Clearly, he was a dedicated and devoted public servant whose exemplary career continues to serve as an inspiration for others and whose sterling example and unimpeachable character mark him as one of the finest leaders our state has ever produced.”

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Jonathan Wright

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