Clarence Clark Hamlin

From: Portrait and Biographical Record of the State of Colorado, 1899

Portrait and Biographical Record_1899HON. CLARENCE CLARK HAMLIN, ex-state senator of Wyoming and now engaged in the practice of law in Colorado Springs, as a member of the firm of Gunnell & Hamlin, was born in Manchester, Iowa, January 7, 1868, a son of Henry F. and Harriet (Clark) Hamlin.  His paternal grandfather, Fayette B. Hamlin, who was a member of an old Pennsylvania family and was born in that state, removed to Belvidere, Ill., where he was engaged in the practice of law; his last days, however, were spent in Iowa.  The maternal grandfather of our subject was Oratio D. Clark, a native of New York state and a blacksmith by trade.  He removed to Iowa and became a farmer and blacksmith at Belvidere, but afterward went to Iowa, where he resided upon a farm.  He was a descendant of an old family of New England, some of whose representatives participated in the Revolution.  Henry F. Hamlin, who was born in Southport, Pa. , grew to manhood in Illinois, and engaged in the mercantile business at Manchester, Iowa, where he is still living. His wife died in Iowa.  They were the parents of three children, one of whom is deceased.  Their son, Charles F., is register of the United States land office at Gunnison, Colo.  Our subject attended the Manchester public school when a boy.  In 1885 he went to Des Moines, Iowa, and engaged in business there for a time, but afterward took up the study of law.  In 1888, going to Evanston, Wyo., he continued his studies under his uncle, now United States Senator, C. D. Clark.  In 1890 he graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City, receiving the degree of LL. B.  He at once opened an office at Rock Springs, Wyo., and began the practice of law.

On the Republican ticket, in 1892, Mr. Hamlin was nominated for state senator from Sweetwater County.  He was elected by a fair majority and served in the session of 1893, where he was chairman of the judiciary committee.  In 1894 he was again elected to the senate and served as a member of the third session, where he was chairman of the judiciary committee.  From the governor he received an appointment to revise the laws of the state and with the commission of which he was a member, rendered satisfactory work, completing the duty assigned them.  While in the senate he supported United States Senators Clark and Warren.  Resigning his seat in the senate in 1896, he formed his present partnership and entered upon the practice of law in Colorado Springs.  He is a member of the State Bar Association, and socially is identified with the El Paso and Country Clubs.  He was made a Mason in the blue lodge at Rock Springs, and afterward became a member of the chapter and commandery at Green River.  In politics he has from boyhood been a firm, pronounced Republican.  In 1896 he was elected a delegate to the national convention at St. Louis. He gives his aid to all public measures having for their object the promotion of the welfare of the people.  He keeps pace with the current history of the world, and has strong feeling upon public questions, especially such as affect the future progress of our country.  In November, 1898, he married Miss Seddie, daughter of Judge A. T. Gunnell, his law partner.

(Full citation: Portrait and biographical record of the state of Colorado containing portraits and biographies of many well known citizens of the past and present (Chicago, Illinois: Chapman Publishing Company) 1899, p. 965-6.


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