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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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JOHN E. HAMILTON was born August 1, 1838, and is a son of Robert and Martha Hamilton nee Boyes, natives of Ireland and Scotland, respectively. His father died when our subject was about one year old, and he went with his mother to New Castle, Ky. His mother died several years ago. He was educated in the grammar school of Columbia College, New York City, and graduated at Kenyon College, Ohio, in 1856. He read law with Mengies & Pryor at Covington, where he moved and has resided since 1858; he graduated at Cincinnati Law School in 1859 or 1860. In 1876 he was appointed by President Grant district attorney for Kentucky, but before assuming the duties, he was appointed by Chief Justice Waite, on the recommendation of Hon. Bland Ballard, district judge of Kentucky, register in bankruptcy, which office he filled with great honor to himself, and acceptability to the court, bar, and the people. Mr. Hamilton is and has been a practicing attorney at Covington bar since 1860, and was partner of Speaker Carlisle for years, and since 1879 he has been, and is now the partner of Judge W. W. Cleary. He is a Republican in politics, has been at different times, for over eight years, a member of the Republican State Central Committee, was for a short time chairman, and was lately appointed again on this committee; has been many times on the city and county committees and managed the elections, in his county, always giving liberally to his party; was a delegate to the National Republican Convention held at Chicago in 1880. He was offered, in 1881, by President Garfield, the solicitorship of the treasury, which he declined. He was director in the Farmers’ Bank of Kentucky for several years, and is now one of the trustees of the Covington Reservoir, appointed by the judges of the district and the mayor of Covington. Mr. Hamilton was married, in 1861, to Miss Winston, daughter of J. P. Winston, wholesale dry goods merchant of Cincinnati, Ohio. Two children have been born to this union: J. E. and E. C.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Kenton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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