Hannibal Hamlin

Burial Location Visited Vice President Grave #
Bangor, Maine July 1, 2010 28th Visited


Hannibal Hamlin, who was once the second-                                              Hamlin lived from 1809 to 1891
highest ranking official in the United States,                                               and was the first vice president
is interred in a beautiful cemetery in Bangor.                                               to serve under Lincoln.


Though Hannibal Hamlin has been forgotten                                The exact location of Hannibal Hamlin's
by many, he would have been remembered                                 burial is represented by the small stone in
if he had not been replaced by Andrew                                        the foreground.
Johnson on the 1864 Republican ticket.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Hannibal Hamlin, the 15th vice president of the United States, was born on August 27, 1809 in Paris Hill, Maine. Named after his uncle (who's namesake was the famed Carthaginian general), Hamlin was an avid reader, and was schooled at Hebron Acedemy later in his youth. Hamlin was admitted to the bar in 1833 and started a practice in the town of Hampden.

* It should not be surprising that Hamlin was picked to be Abraham Lincoln's running mate in 1860, as he had impressive credentials. Hamlin began his career in 1836, when he started serving in Maine's House of Representatives. For four years he was a member of the House in Washington D.C., and then he became a U.S. senator. He was elected Maine's governor in 1856, and left the Senate to serve in January of 1857. He only remained in that office for a brief amount of time, however, as he resigned that February to resume his career in Congress.

* It is not uncommon for politicians to switch their political allegiances. Abraham Lincoln was a Whig during his time in the House, but went into the presidency as a Republican after that party's dissolution. Ronald Reagan had been a Democrat for many years, but had become a Republican by the time he attained his first government position. Hannibal Hamlin shifted sides as well. Originally a Democrat, he joined the GOP after the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, which was achieved by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The latter was approved in 1854, and was supported by many Democrats. This, in addition to pressures from existing Republicans, led to Hamlin abandoning his party in 1856.

* After serving under Abraham Lincoln for four long years, Hannibal Hamlin left office and was succeeded by Andrew Johnson. Johnson, who had been a member of the U.S. Senate, had been chosen to take Hamlin's place on the Republican ticket for the 1864 election. Johnson was the only Southern senator that sided with the Union upon the South's secession. This appealed to Lincoln, who wanted his ticket to represent unity, and he decided that Johnson would better suit his political needs. Had Hamlin remained the vice president, he would have ascended to the presidency following Lincoln's untimely assassination.

* Hamlin did not stay out of the public eye forever, though. In 1869, he returned to the Senate, and served two terms there. After his departure in 1881, President James Garfield made him the ambassador to Spain. He stepped down in October of 1882. For the next nine years, Hamlin led a quiet and peaceful life in Bangor. In the midst of a card game on Independence Day in 1891, the former vice president fell ill and died that evening around 8:15.

Second Lady: Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin
      - Spouse: Sarah Jane Emery Hamlin (1815-1855)
                       Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin (1835-1925)

Political Party: Democratic Party
                         Republican Party

Served Under:
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

Last Words:
"There is such a thing as a man being too warm."
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