Thomas L. Hamer
|Thomas Lyon Hamer|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1839
|Preceded by||William Russell|
|Succeeded by||William Doan|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Brown County district
December 5, 1825 – December 3, 1826
|Preceded by||George Edwards
|Succeeded by||John Cochran|
December 1, 1828 – December 5, 1830
Serving with John Cochran
|Preceded by||John Cochran
|Succeeded by||John Cochran
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
|Died||December 2, 1846
|Resting place||Georgetown, Ohio|
|Political party||Jacksonian Democrat|
Thomas Lyon Hamer (July 1800 – December 2, 1846) 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 as an Ohio state representative and served as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1829 and was then elected to the U.S. Congress. While serving as a congressman he nominated Hiram Ulysses Grant, the son of a constituent, to be a cadet at West Point. Hamer incorrectly put on the nomination the name "Ulysses Simpson Grant" and the name stayed with the new cadet.
When the Mexican-American War broke out Hamer volunteered as a private in the Ohio Volunteers, and was quickly commissioned as a major in June 1846. Popular and well respected, Hamer was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers on July 1, 1846. He was placed in command of the 1st Brigade of William O. Butler's Volunteer Division of the Army of Occupation. He led his brigade with distinction into the fighting at the battle of Monterrey. When General Butler fell wounded, Hamer assumed command of the division. When Mexican General Pedro de Ampudia requested to discuss surrender terms, it was Hamer who delivered the message to General Taylor. While still serving in the army he was elected to another term in Congress but died unexpectedly while stationed with the army at Monterrey on December 2, 1846. Upon Hamer's death, General Zachary Taylor exclaimed "I have lost the balance wheel of my volunteer army" and Lt. Ulysses S. Grant also lamented that the "U.S. has lost a future president".
- Taylor 1899 : 145
- Thomas L. Hamer at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-05-26
- Bauer, K. Jack, The Mexican-American War 1846-48 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1992).
- "Thomas L. Hamer". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography 3. 1887. pp. 55–56.
- Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... 1. State of Ohio. p. 145.