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HAMILTON, Thomas Allen, son of Hugh Hamilton and his wife Rosanna Boyd, was born in Harrisburg on the 14th of February, 1818; died on the 14th of December, 1874. He received a good education and learned the trade of a printer in his father's office, at which he worked until he received the appointment of an assistant engineer of the State canals, under Col. James Worrall, but soon abandoned both avocations, in order to join a brother in a business which they successfully prosecuted until his death. He served as a member of the city councils of Harrisburg a longer continuous period than any other citizen has ever done, being elected for about twenty years in succession, generally without serious opposition, although many epochs of great public excitement intervened to produce fierce and close political contests. His neighbors never failed to ascertain his political opinions, yet, whether voting for or against him, they rejoiced to know that he was their representative and leader of the municipal legislature. In the language of a contemporary, "Mr. Hamilton, in his intercourse with his fellow-citizens, was courteous to all, liberal to the poor, positive in opinion, methodical in business, reticent, deliberate, but prompt in judgment." His integrity was never impeached in public or private transactions. He died, unmarried, at Harrisburg, in the same house in which he was born.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 30 Dec 2000

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