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William D. Hamer

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Posted: 21 Apr 2004 1:20PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Hamer, Fagan, Payton
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 415-416

William D. Hamer, attorney and counselor at law, was born near Troy,
Miami county, Ohio, June 22, 1862, and is the son of Joseph R. and Mary
(Fagan) Hamer, whose father was a native of Ireland.

Joseph R. Hamer was born and reared to manhood near the city of
Cincinnati and later moved to Miami county, Ohio, thence, about 1864, to
Indiana, locating in Howard county, where he engaged in carpentering and
contracting. Later he took up his residence at Greentown, where he is
still living at the advanced age of eighty-four. He is of German
descent, and like many of his ancestors and immediate relatives is noted
for large size, great strength and endurance, which, with longevity,
appear as family characteristics. Joseph R. Hamer is a typical gentleman
of the old school, a man of excellent parts who has taken a lively
interest in all matters pertaining to the growth and development of the
communities where he has resided. He cast his first presidential ballot
for William Henry Harrison, and has ever been a student of political
questions, being at this time a supporter of the Republican party. He
was twice married, the mother of William D. having been his second wife,
who died at Greentown some years ago, at the age of forty-three.

William D. Hamer was only two years old when his parents moved to
Indiana, and his youth and early manhood were passed in Howard county, in
the common schools of which he received his elementary education. By
diligent application he made rapid progress in his studies, so that at
the age of eighteen he obtained a license and began teaching in the
district schools. In the fall of 1884 he entered the State Normal at
Terre Haute, from which he was graduated six years later, and in 1890
became principal of the Negaunee high school, Michigan. After remaining
there one year he accepted the principalship of the high school at
Kentland, Indiana, where he remained three years, resigning at the
expiration of that time to enter the State University at Bloomington. He
was awarded the degree of A. B. by that institution in 1895, and one
year later was graduated from the law department, and began the practice
of the legal profession in Huntington, where he has since resided. As a
lawyer Mr. Hamer is studious, careful and judicious in the preparation of
legal papers, and painstaking and thorough in their presentation to the
court. His habits of industry with other many qualifications which
guarantee ultimate promotion have tended to enlarge the area of his
professional advancement, and he stands to-day among those ranking
highest in legal attainments at the Huntington bar. He is a close and
diligent student, and, believing in the dignity of his profession, few
attorneys in the same length of time have succeeded in building up as
large and lucrative a practice as has crowned his efforts since locating
in this city.

In 1896 Mr. Hamer supported Bryan for president and has since affiliated
with the Democratic party. In 1898 he was elected justice of the peace,
the duties of which position he still discharges in connection with his
general practice.

Mr. Hamer was married, in 1890, to Miss Hannah Payton, of Greentown, who
has borne him six children: Mark E., Bruce Darwin, Dayton S., W.
Russell, Mary and Louise.

Mr. Hamer was made a Mason while engaged in school work at Kentland, in
addition to which he also belongs to La Fountain Lodge, No. 42,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Huntington, the Pythian fraternity
in this city, and the Modern Woodmen. While not identified with any
church organization, he is a firm believer in religious teachings, and
for a number of years taught classes in Sunday-school, where his ability
was greatly appreciated. His life has been one of unremitting industry,
and from early manhood he has relied entirely upon his own resources. By
sterling worth of character he has won the esteem of his fellow citizens
and a popularity in the city of his adoption which he richly deserves.


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