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Below is a family biography included in History of Lee County, Iowa published by Western Historical Company in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HAMILTON, J. D. M., attorney, of the firm of Van Valkenburg & Hamilton; was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., July 18, 1850; when he was 6 years old, his parents removed to Iowa and located at Fort Madison; his father, John S. Hamilton, was an attorney; was member of the State Legislature in Pennsylvania, and in this State. He was killed by an accident; in the fall of 1856, the subject of this sketch attended school here, then entered Knox College, where he received his collegiate education; after graduating he studied law with Hon. J. Van Valkenburg, and attended the St. Louis Law School, where he completed his legal studies, and was admitted to the bar March 10, 1875, since when he has been associated with Mr. Van Valkenburg in the practice of his profession. He was elected to the State Legislature in the fall of 1877, his term of office expiring Jan. 1, 1880. He married Miss Mamie M. Rice of Keokuk, Feb 28, 1878.

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This family biography is one of 668 biographies included in The History of Lee County, Iowa published in 1879.  For the complete description, click here: Lee County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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