John C. Hammond

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John Chester Hammond
John C Hammond.jpg
Born(1842-08-15)August 15, 1842
Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedApril 21, 1926(1926-04-21) (aged 83)
Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationLawyer; Northwestern District Attorney, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Years active1868-1918
Spouse(s)Eliza Brown (1842-1896)

John Chester Hammond ((1842-08-15)August 15, 1842 - (1926-04-21)April 21, 1926) was a Northampton, Massachusetts lawyer and later Northwestern District Attorney of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[1] He employed recent Amherst College graduate (and later US President) Calvin Coolidge in his firm "Hammond & Field" in 1895.[2]

Coolidge said of Hammond in his 1929 autobiography, "“He was a lawyer of great learning and wide business experience, with a remarkable ability in the preparation of pleadings and an insight that soon brought him to the crucial point of a case. He was massive and strong rather than elegant, and placed great stress on accuracy. He presented a cause in court with ability and skill.”[3]

Hammond had served as President of Massachusetts Bar in 1913, and was Dean of the Hampshire County Bar for several years prior.[4] He died in the shingle-style Queen Anne home he had built in 1891, located in the now-named Elm Street Historic District of Northampton, Massachusetts.

222 Elm Street, Queen Anne style home of John C. Hammond built 1891.[5]
From left to right: Henry P. Field, Calvin Coolidge, John C. Hammond at Amherst College reunion.[5]


  1. ^ Public Documents of Massachusetts being the Annual Report of various Public Officers and Institutions 1896-1901
  2. ^ Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Archived 2014-06-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge," 1929.
  4. ^ "John C Hammond, Dean of Bar in Hampshire, Dies," The Springfield Weekly Republican, April 22, 1926, p. 4
  5. ^ a b Hammond Family photograph, Private collection.