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Gen Jo Hamilton
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Birth: Apr., 1827
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 4, 1904
Placer County
California, USA

Placer Herald
Aug 23rd 1879
General Jo Hamilton has accepted the Democratic nomination for State Attorney General.

This was on the California Attorney General's website.
Jo Hamilton, 10th and 12th Attorney General
Born in Kentucky in 1827. Among those Attorneys General best known for oratorical excellence, and the only man to have held this office for two non-consecutive terms. Described as a "rugged specimen of humanity," with a face "seamed like the ribbed gulches of a California canyon," a voice "like a foghorn," and an "impressive, majestic convincing air." He also enjoyed a great deal of attention. Hamilton's measured, calculated approach was a marked departure from the gun-slinging, punch-throwing of past Attorneys General. Also served as Trustee of the State Library, 1874-82. Died in Auburn, CA in 1904.

Gen. Hamilton owned and operated for 25 years, a 2500 acre ranch in Colusa Co., known as the Hamilton Ranch.
(From the Placer County Genealogy Society)

Placer Herald
July 15th 1882
General Hamilton, after giving $500.00 in cash toward the erection of a high school or academy in Auburn, has generously consented to give sufficient ground for a site from that beautiful tract of his land lying between his residence and the railroad track. In addition, Judge Hale and General Hamilton gave a 30 foot right of way through their front lots starting from Broad street between the Mitchell residence and the Hale residence and running thence back to High Street.

Sept 6th 1890
General Hamilton addressed group at Pavillion on opening day of Auburn county fair.
Placer Herald

Oct 4, 1890
Democratic Convention in Auburn. Temporary Chairman - Gen. Joe Hamilton. Adopted platform set at St. Louis; denounced Republicans in House of Reps who unseated Democrats "without admitting testimony or allowing debate" and then seated Republicans; free public education including free texts; support Australian Ballot System; anti-taxation for trees & vines; favor mining interest.
Placer Herald

Oct 21st 1899
Wedding of Lee.E. Wallace and Mary B. Hamilton at bride's home last Wed--officiated by Epis. minister John T. Shurtleff--to live in Munson cottage on Crandall Ave. Both of pioneer families: she is the youngest daughter of General Jo Hamilton & he is the son of Judge William C. Wallace.
Placer Herald

Placer has listed these dates.
dau-1874 Auburn
dau-1872 Auburn

pchs pages:

. . .many brilliant legal men were prominent ( in Placer Co.) during the three decades making up early state history. . . Among these, General Jo. Hamilton must be mentioned; one of the most noted attorneys in California, he was prominent in politics and a brilliant jury lawyer with a gift for oratory which made him feared by opposing counsel. A native of Kentucky, he was admitted to th bar in Georgia, and in 1858 sold his horse, saddle and bridle to secure money to come to California.

First settling in Placer Co. . . he then wore, like all true Southerners, a silk hat and Prince Albert, but this did not deter him from accepting work chopping wood on a ranch. He also worked in the mines in Foresthill. His first case. . .was defending a man accused of murder, with a fee of one hundred dollars. . .He located in Auburn in 1860, and began practicing law and that same year was elected district attorney of Placer Co. He was reelected in 1862 and served ‘till 1865. During this time he prosecuted a man as district attorney; the trial was delayed and when he went out of office he defended this same man and acquitted him.

Gen. Hamilton continued the practice of law in Auburn until 1899. He was twice elected Attorney-Gen of California, the first time in 1871 under Governor Haight's administration, and reelected in 1874, during Governor Irwin's term.. . .slated as candidate for Governor of the State, he was taken with a severe illness and could not carry out his plans.

Gen. Hamilton owned and operated for 25 years, a 2500 acre ranch in Colusa Co., known as the Hamilton Ranch. He retired from practice in 1899 and in 1909 his death occurred.------

Glenda's note..his headstone states 1904 as the date of death not 1909. 
Family links: 
  Nancy B. Dimon Hamilton (1829 - 1904)
  Sallie Hamilton (1854 - 1875)*
  Joe Hamilton (1862 - 1866)*
  George William Hamilton (1865 - 1940)*
  Virginia Hamilton Dyson (1867 - 1940)*
  Mattie F. Hamilton Shepard (1872 - 1963)*
  Mary B. Hamilton Wallace (1874 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Auburn Cemetery
Placer County
California, USA
Plot: E-1/2-73-5
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Oct 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42984439
Gen Jo Hamilton
Added by: Glenda Ragan
Gen Jo Hamilton
Added by: Glenda Ragan
Gen Jo Hamilton
Added by: Glenda Ragan
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