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Dr. Charles H. Hamilton
Monona Twp.

Dr. Charles H. Hamilton, one of the leading physicians of Clayton County, Ia., was born in Montgomery County, N.Y., on the 7th day of December, 1842, a son of Henry C. and Mary Ann (Keller) Hamilton, his father of Scotch and his mother of German descent. They were married in Montgomery County, May 27, 1840. By this union there was a family of nine children, four daughters and five sons. Mr. Hamilton was previously married to Eveline Shepard, by whom he had five children. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are still living on the old homestead. In politics he was an old-line Whig, and at the organization of the Republican party joined them, and has affiliated with them since. The Doctor was reared on his father's farm, and received his education in his native State. When eighteen years old he commenced teaching school, which he followed for several years, and in September, 1864, came West, spending his first winter in Clayton County. The following year he entered the Iowa State University, where he prosecuted classical and scientific studies two years. In 1867 he went to Muscatine County, Ia., and in 1869 was elected County Superintendent of Schools. His time not being all employed he read medicine with Dr. H. M. Dean, and in the fall of 1871 attended lectures at Rush Medical College; also attended lectures during the winter of 1872 and '73, and graduated with honors. The same spring he formed a partnership with Dr. John Linton, of Garnavillo, where he remained until 1877, when the partnership was dissolved, since which time he has followed his profession alone in Monona. Dr. Hamilton is emphatically a self-made man, having combatted the stern realities of life at every step, and is a living instance of the truthfulness of the old adage that patient and persevering efforts will overcome all obstacles. Immediately after locating in Monona, he secured a large and lucrative practice, which has steadily increased. On June 12, 1873, he married Matilda Lewis, a daughter of Thomas Lewis, a native of Harrison County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are the parents of two children-- Florence and Gayle.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1042-1043
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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