James Kent Hamilton

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James Kent Hamilton
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29th Mayor of Toledo, Ohio
In office
Preceded by Samuel F. Forbes
Succeeded by Vincent J. Emmick
Personal details
Born (1839-05-17)May 17, 1839
Milan, Ohio
Died December 29, 1918(1918-12-29) (aged 79)
Toledo, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sibyl Williams
Ethel B. Allen
Alma mater Kenyon College
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service May 28, 1863 - July 6, 1865[1]
Rank captain
Unit 113th Ohio Infantry

James Kent Hamilton was Republican mayor of Toledo, Ohio, United States 1887-1891.


James Kent Hamilton was born in Milan, Erie County, Ohio, May 17, 1839.[2][3] He was the son of Thomas and Sarah O. (Standart) Hamilton.[2][3] His father was a merchant and shipper, and served as a Whig in the Ohio Senate.[2] James graduated from Milan schools, and from Kenyon College in 1859.[2] He studied law in Mount Vernon, Milan, and Toledo, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar in 1862. He served as a captain in the 113th Ohio Infantry until the end of the American Civil War.[2]

Hamilton resumed the practice of law in Toledo after the war, and was prosecuting attorney of Lucas County in 1869.[3] He was elected mayor of Toledo in 1887 and 1889, serving four years.[2]

Hamilton was married October 13, 1876 to Sibyl Williams, who died in 1877.[2] He married July 27, 1898 to Ethel B. Allen.[3] He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.[3]

Hamilton died December 29, 1918 in Toledo.[3]


  1. ^ Reid, Whitelaw (1895). "113 Ohio Infantry". Ohio in the War Her Statesmen Generals and Soldiers. 2. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company. pp. 594, 596. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 1. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 181–183. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Reports ... Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Association ....,. 40. Ohio State Bar Association. 1919. p. 148.