|15th Vice President of the United States|
March 4, 1861 – March 4, 1865
|Preceded by||John C. Breckinridge|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Johnson|
|Born||August 27, 1809
|Died||July 4, 1891 (aged 81)
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin|
Hannibal Hamlin (August 27, 1809–July 4, 1891) was a politician from Maine. Hamlin served as a lawmaker in Maine, Governor of Maine, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in the U.S. Senate. He began his career as a Democrat but later became a Republican. He was the first Republican to serve as Vice President of the United States, elected as Abraham Lincoln's Vice President in the 1860 presidential election.
Early life [change]
Hamlin was born in Paris, Maine. He was a descendant of James Hamlin who had lived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639. He attended the area's schools, and later managed his father's farm. For the next few years he worked at several jobs. He studied law. He lived in Hampden, where he practiced law until 1848, when he moved away.