Thomas L. Hamer

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Thomas Lyon Hamer (July 1800 – December 2, 1846) was a United States Democratic congressman and soldier.wikipedia
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Georgetown, Ohio

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He practiced law in Georgetown, Ohio and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1828, which body unanimously chose him as their Speaker in December 1829.
The headstone of General Thomas L. Hamer is in the old cemetery located by the Brown County Fair Grounds.

Ulysses S. Grant

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While serving as a congressman he nominated Hiram Ulysses Grant, the son of Jesse Root Grant, a constituent (the friend of his father-in-law), to be a cadet at West Point.
Grant's father wrote to Representative Thomas L. Hamer requesting that he nominate Ulysses to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York.

Jesse Root Grant

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While serving as a congressman he nominated Hiram Ulysses Grant, the son of Jesse Root Grant, a constituent (the friend of his father-in-law), to be a cadet at West Point.
Upon arrival to Georgetown Jesse contacted the county Justice of the Peace, Thomas L. Hamer, on August 12, 1823, paid $50 and secured the deed to a lot not far from Georgetown Square.

Army of Occupation (Mexico)

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He was placed in command of the 1st Brigade of William O. Butler's Volunteer Division of the Army of Occupation.
Gen. Thomas L. Hamer.

Hamersville, Ohio

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He was buried in his hometown of Georgetown, a few miles from his namesake village of Hamersville.
It was named for Thomas Hamer, then a congressman, and later a general in the Mexican–American War.

Democratic Party (United States)

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Thomas Lyon Hamer (July 1800 – December 2, 1846) was a United States Democratic congressman and soldier.

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

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Hamer was born in July, 1800 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

United States Electoral College

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He was an Ohio Presidential elector in 1828 for Andrew Jackson.

Andrew Jackson

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He was an Ohio Presidential elector in 1828 for Andrew Jackson.

Ohio House of Representatives

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He practiced law in Georgetown, Ohio and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1828, which body unanimously chose him as their Speaker in December 1829.

Speaker (politics)

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He practiced law in Georgetown, Ohio and was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1828, which body unanimously chose him as their Speaker in December 1829.

John Quincy Adams

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As Speaker, he sought to maintain independence from party politics; although Jackson's supporters controlled a slight advantage over John Quincy Adams' supporters, he appointed Adams men as a majority in seven of the fifteen standing committees.

Party discipline

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When the Jackson caucus proposed enforcing party discipline during judicial elections, Hamer fought the proposal fiercely; envisioning a choice between the party candidate and the candidate he believed best qualified, he denounced a vote for the party candidate as perjury of his oath of office.

Perjury

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When the Jackson caucus proposed enforcing party discipline during judicial elections, Hamer fought the proposal fiercely; envisioning a choice between the party candidate and the candidate he believed best qualified, he denounced a vote for the party candidate as perjury of his oath of office.

United States Military Academy

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While serving as a congressman he nominated Hiram Ulysses Grant, the son of Jesse Root Grant, a constituent (the friend of his father-in-law), to be a cadet at West Point.

Mexican–American War

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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.

Brigadier general

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Popular and well respected, Hamer was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers on July 1, 1846.

William Orlando Butler

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He was placed in command of the 1st Brigade of William O. Butler's Volunteer Division of the Army of Occupation.

Battle of Monterrey

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He led his brigade with distinction into the fighting at the battle of Monterrey.

Pedro de Ampudia

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When Mexican General Pedro de Ampudia requested to discuss surrender terms, it was Hamer who delivered the message to General Taylor.

Monterrey

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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.

Zachary Taylor

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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."