HAMER, Thomas Lyon (1800-1846)

HAMER, THOMAS LYON, (uncle of Thomas Ray Hamer), a Representative from Ohio; born in Northumberland County, Pa., in July 1800; attended the public schools; moved to Ohio in 1817 and taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio; member of the State house of representatives in 1825, 1828, and 1829, and served as speaker in 1829; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1839); nominated Ulysses S. Grant to be a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point; volunteered as a private for the Mexican War and received the next day, July 1, 1846, the commission of brigadier general; had been elected to the Thirtieth Congress, but died in the service at Monterrey, Mexico, December 2, 1846; on March 2, 1847, Congress passed a resolution of sorrow and presented his nearest male relative with a sword; interment near Monterrey, Mexico; reinterment in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Ohio.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: May 27, 1841, 1 letter.
Letter to Col. W. Miner.


Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1825-1890, 10 boxes, 5 oversized folders.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and memorabilia. Includes the sword presented to Hamer's family by the Congress. Finding aid in repository.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: February 2, 1837; November 12, 1846, 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: In the Robert Lucas papers, 1810-1837, 2 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Hamer.


Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1846, 4 items.
War orders from William Orlando Butler to Hamer.

  • Hamer, Thomas Lyon. Speech of Mr. Hamer, of Ohio. In the House of Representatives, March 2, 1837--On the bill making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenses of the government for the year 1837. [Washington: N.p., 1837].
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Hamer, of Ohio, on the bill authorizing appropriations for a survey and exploring expedition to the South Sea. House of Representatives, May, 1836. Washington: N.p., 1836.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Hamer, of Ohio, on the Kentucky contested election; delivered [!] in the House of Representatives of the U. States, May 22, 1834. Washington: Printed by F. P. Blair, 1834.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Hamer, of Ohio: On the resolution of Mr. Wise, proposing an inquiry into the condition of the executive departments. Washington: Printed at the Globe Office, 1837.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Hamer, on the bill to postpone the fourth instalment of deposit with the states. Washington: Blair and Rives, printers, 1837.
  • Spalding, Rufus Paine. Oration on American independence, delivered at Akron, Ohio, July 3, 1847. Together with the Eulogy upon General Thomas L. Hamer, pronounced before the General Assembly of Ohio, at Columbus, January 18, 1847. Akron, Ohio: H. Canfield, printer, 1847.