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Thomas L. Hamer

Death: Dec 2, 1846

Birthplace: Northumberland County

Nationality: United States

Thomas L. Hamer

Date of Death : Dec 2, 1846
Birth Place : Northumberland County

Thomas Lyon Hamer was a United States Democratic congressman and soldier. Hamer was born in July, 1800 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He was a school teacher before being admitted to the bar in 1821. He was an Ohio Presidential elector in 1828 for Andrew Jackson. He practiced law in Georgetown, Ohio and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1828, which body unanimously chose him as their Speaker in December 1829. As Speaker, he sought to maintain independence from party politics; although Jackson's supporters controlled a slight advantage over Adams' supporters, he appointed Adams men as a majority in seven of the fifteen standing committees. When the Jackson caucus proposed enforcing party discipline during judicial elections, Hamer fought the proposal fiercely; envisioning a choice between the party candidate and the candidate he believed best qualified, he denounced a vote for the party candidate as perjury of his oath of office. These statements won him criticism from party stalwarts who deemed him unfaithful to the interests of his party. Following service in the House, Hamer was elected to the U.S. Congress.

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