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McLean County, Illinois
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ERSKINE M. HAMILTON, attorney-at-law, Bloomington, is giving particular attention to the pension business, and has his office at No. 101 West Jefferson street.

He came to this county in March, 1870, and soon afterward located in Bloomington, where he has since resided, and followed the practice of his profession in a manner indicative of ability and good judgment.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Schenectady, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1839. His father, F. H. Hamilton, was a native of Massachusetts, and descended from excellent Scotch ancestry.

The grandfather of our subject, Joseph Hamilton by name, served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. F. H. Hamilton removed from his native State to New York when a young man, and there married Miss Ruth Ann Cady, of Schenectady, by whom he became the father of seven children, two of whom died in childhood, and five lived to mature years. Our subject was the second son.

Mr. Hamilton remained in his native county until about fifteen years old, then removed with his parents to Ohio, where he grew to manhood. The war then coming on he enlisted as a soldier of the Union, in Co. F, 84th Ohio Vol. Inf. He proceeded with his regiment to Cumberland, Md., to guard the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and was thereafter on detached duty, which consisted most of the time in fighting guerrillas. He served two years, and was neither wounded nor taken prisoner, and received his honorable discharge in the fall of 1865.

Mr. Hamilton commenced reading law in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1861, in the office of R. S. Moody, and was admitted to the bar in September, 1863. After his return from the army he was elected City Attorney and served two years. Thereafter he practiced law in a general way, and in March, 1870, turned his face toward the Great West. After reaching Bloomington he opened a law office, and to the duties of this has given his close attention since that time, making a specialty of pensions and other war claims.

The father of our subject is still living, at the advanced age of over eighty-three years, having been born March 31, 1804. He makes his home in Bloomington, at the residence of his son Erskine. The mother died in 1882. She was born Sept. 12, 1812, and was the daughter of Peter Cady, one of the earliest settlers of New York State.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 376. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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