David Hammons (Maine)

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David Hammons (May 12, 1808 – November 7, 1888) was a United States Representative from Maine.

He was born in Cornish on May 12, 1808. He attended the common schools and Limerick Academy in Limerick, Maine. He studied law with David Gould in Alfred, Maine, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lovell.

He was elected a member of the Maine State Senate (1840–1841).

In 1846 Hammons was elected to the U.S. House as a Democrat, and served in the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849).

After leaving Congress Hammons continued the practice of law. Though he had been willing to support the expansion of slavery in order to prevent southern states from seceding, he supported the Union during the American Civil War, and worked for no fee to aid Union Army veterans who filed claims for disability pensions.

Hammons died in Bethel on November 7, 1888. His interment was in Woodland Cemetery.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Fairfield Scamman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1847–March 3, 1849
Succeeded by
Elbridge Gerry