Morgan C. Hamilton

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Morgan Calvin Hamilton
Morgan C. Hamilton - Brady-Handy.jpg
United States Senator
from Texas
In office
March 31, 1870 – March 3, 1877
Preceded byJohn Hemphill
Succeeded byRichard Coke
Personal details
Born(1809-02-25)February 25, 1809
near Huntsville, Alabama
DiedNovember 21, 1893(1893-11-21) (aged 84)
San Diego, California
Political partyRepublican

Morgan Calvin Hamilton (February 25, 1809 – November 21, 1893) was an American merchant, politician from Alabama and Texas, and brother of Andrew Jackson Hamilton. Both men were unusual as Unionists in Texas during the American Civil War.

Early life and education[edit]

Morgan Calvin Hamilton was born near Huntsville, Alabama. His siblings included Andrew Jackson Hamilton.

He moved to Texas when it was still part of Mexico and worked there as a merchant. For six years, 1839–45, he served in the war department of the Republic of Texas, first as clerk and in 1844–45 as secretary of war. He settled in Austin.

One of the few Texan abolitionists, Hamilton fought for Union forces in the Civil War. During Reconstruction, he was elected by the Texas state legislature to the US Senate as a Radical Republican. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Texas
Served alongside: James W. Flanagan, Samuel B. Maxey
Succeeded by
Richard Coke
Notes and references
1. Because Texas seceded from the Union in 1861, seat was declared vacant from 1861-1870 when John Hemphill withdrew from the Senate.