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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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PROF. SAMUEL HAMILTON, county superintendent of schools, is descended from an old Scotch-Irish family. His father, Samuel, was a farmer of Washington county, Pa., born in 1809; he married Mary Patterson, and by her had eight children, Samuel being the third son and fourth child. The father died in 1865, aged fifty-six years; the mother is now a resident of Allegheny county. Our subject was born in Washington county, Pa., and reared on a farm in Plum township, Allegheny county, and at sixteen years of age became a student at the Laird Institute, Murrysville, Westmoreland county, where he graduated in 1876. He taught in the district schools for a time; then for three years he filled the position of principal of the graded schools at Chartiers, this county, and for four years was superintendent of the public schools in Braddock. In 1886 he was appointed by State Superintendent Higbee county superintendent of schools of Allegheny county, and was elected to that position in 1887. Prof. Hamilton was married, in 1886, to Miss Minnie M., daughter of John McCune, of Braddock, and by her has one child, Paul Holland. Mrs. Hamilton died in 1887. Prof. Hamilton is a member of the Presbyterian Church; in politics a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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