Hannibal Hamlin

Hannibal Hamlin (1809 - 1891)

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Hannibal Hamlin
Born in Paris, Oxford County, Mainemap
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Husband of — married in Paris Hill, Oxford County, Mainemap
Husband of — married in Paris Hill, Oxford County, Mainemap
Died in Bangor, Penobscot County,Mainemap
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Preceded by
14th Vice President
John C. Breckinridge

Preceded by
25th Governor

Samuel Wells

Preceded by
Wyman B. S. Moor

Preceded by
Amos Nourse

Preceded by
Lot M. Morrill
Hannibal Hamlin
15th Vice President
of the United States

26th Governor
of Maine

US Senator (Class 1)
from Maine
Seal of of the US Senate
US Senator (Class 1)
from Maine

US Senator (Class 1)
from Maine


Succeeded by
16th Vice President
Andrew Johnson

Succeeded by
27th Governor

Joseph H. Williams

Succeeded by
Amos Nourse

Succeeded by
Lot M. Morrill

Succeeded by
Eugene Hale


Descendant of Pilgrim William Brewster.

HAMLIN, Hannibal, a Representative and a Senator from Maine and the 15th Vice President of the United States.

Born at Paris Hill, Oxford County, Maine, August 27, 1809 to Cyrus and Anna Livermore Hamlin, he attended the district schools and Hebron Academy.

Married twice: first to Sarah Jane Emery of Paris Hill in 1833, and second, in 1856, to Sarah Jane's younger half sister, Ellen Vesta Emery. He had six children who lived past their infancy: George (who died in his late childhood), Charles, Cyrus, Sarah, Hannibal Emery and Frank Hamlin.

Studied law; admitted to the bar in 1833 and practiced in Hampden, Penobscot County, Maine until 1848.

Member, State house of representatives 1836-1841, 1847, and served as speaker in 1837, 1839, and 1840.

Elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847).

Elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1848 by the anti-slavery wing of the Democratic party to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Fairfield; reelected in 1850 and served from June 8, 1848, to January 7, 1857, when he resigned to become Governor and left the Democratic Party in 1856.

Governor of Maine January to February 1857, when he resigned; elected to the United States Senate as a Republican and served from March 4, 1857, until his resignation, effective January 17, 1861, to become vice president.

Elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket with Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865.

Appointed collector of the port of Boston in 1865 but resigned in 1866; again elected to the United States Senate in 1869; reelected in 1875 and served from March 4, 1869, until March 3, 1881.

United States Minister to Spain from 1881 to 1882, when he resigned; devoted the remainder of his life to agricultural pursuits.

Judged by TIME Magazine as one of the 15 worst Vice Presidents in American History. He was considered a do-nothing politician. MJ Stephey, TIME Magazine, 2008.

Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine


  • Hamlin County, South Dakota is named in his honor. Municipalities named Hamlin can be found in the following US states: Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New York, and West Virginia.


  1. Resigned to become Governor of Maine, vacant January 7, 1857 – January 16, 1857 when successor elected.
  • American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Hunt, H. Draper.
  • Hannibal Hamlin: Lincoln’s First Vice President. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1969.
  • "A Long Life Well Spent", New York Times, 24 April 1881.
  • Raymond Fogler Library, University of Maine, Hamlin Family Papers.
  • Hannibal Hamlin on Wikipedia
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 2206
  • 1850 - 1880 US Federal Censuses.
  • U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989

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On 2 Jan 2018 at 03:41 GMT Carroll Woods wrote:

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