Millard Fillmore Hamilton

MARION COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
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Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
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July 9, 2000
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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 440-441

MILLARD FILLMORE HAMILTON, M. D., of Mannington,
graduated in medicine and quialified himself for the practice
of that profession forty years ago. Except for brief in-
tervals his professional work has all been in Mannington.
Doctor Hamilton is more than a capable physician and
surgeon, is a citizen known for his progressiveness and
leadership in many movements, is a former mayor of Man-
nington and has also to his credit a record of service in
the Legislature.

He was born near Mannington February 22, 1860, son
of Ulysses and Malissa (Yost) Hamilton. He is a de-
scendant of Henry Hamilton, who came to America in
Colonial times from the north of Ireland, where his ancestry,
a branch of the great Hamilton family of Scotland, had
been established in earlier generations. Henry Hamilton
first located at Winchester, Virginia, where he married
Elizabeth Tryand. Subsequently he removed to the vicinity
of Morgantown, West Virginia, and in 1818 he left Monon-
galia County and settled on Plum Run in Marion County.

His son, Boaz Fleming, was born in Morgantown in 1798,
and was ten years of age when the family settled in
Marion County, where he became a widely known and in-
fluential citizen. He was a stanch democrat. He was de-
feated as a candidate for county clerk of courts in 1852,
but in 1858 was elected to that office and served three
years. October 26, 1828, he married Maria Parish.

Their son, James Ulysses Hamilton, was born at Fair-
mont January 12, 1839. In 1843 the family established
their home at Salt Lick in Marion County, where James U.
Hamilton grew up and lived his active life as a prosperous
farmer and influential citizen. He died on his farm there
in 1915. He married Malissa Yost, daughter of Nicholas
Yost, of Fairview and member of the old and prominent
family of that name in Marion County. Malissa Hamilton
died January 1, 1916, in her seventy-ninth year.

Millard Fillmore Hamilton spent his early life on his
father’s farm, attended common schools, the Fairmont
Normal School, and began the study of medicine under the
preceptorship of his uncle, Dr. P. D. Yost, of St. Louis,
Missouri. Doctor Hamilton in 1883 graduated from the
American Eclectic Medical College of St. Louis. He began
practice in Mercer County, Missouri, but in 1883 returned
to West Virginia, and has been a leading physician and
surgeon at Mannington since that date, except for a period
of six months during 1885-86 when he was on the Pacific
Coast in practice at Fort Ross, California. Doctor Hamil-
ton has held the post of district surgeon for the Baltimore
& Ohio Railway for thirty-eight years, and for the past
twenty-five years had been a member of the United States
Board of Examining Surgeons for Pensions, and president
of the board during the last five years. He is a member
of the Marion County, West Virginia and American Medical
Associations, has served as vice president of the West Vir-
ginia Eclectic Medical Association, and is a member of
the Baltimore & Ohio Railway Association of Surgeons.

He was one of the organizers and incorporators of the
Opera House Company, and helped organize and was presi-
dent during its existence of the Mannington Development
Company. He was one of the promoters of the Mannington
Glass Company, and has always taken a deep civic pride in
all matters pertaining to the welfare of Mannington and
vicinity. For sixteen years he was president of the Bank of
Mannington. He is owner of a number of houses in Man-
nington, several farms, and on one of these at Salt Lick
he built a beautiful home, where he and his family spend
the summer months. In 1921 at their bungalow in the
country were entertained the members and their wives of
the Marion County Medical Society. This place is one
of the notable horticultural projects of the county, Doctor
Hamilton having developed an orchard of between 1,800 and
2,000 fruit trees.

Doctor Hamilton has been a member of the City Council
of Mannington, and in the spring of 1918 was elected mayor.
He was in the office during the World war. In that time
the streets were filled with thousands of drafted men and
their relatives and friends, Mannington being the drafting
center for Marion County outside of Fairmont. Under such
conditions the city was so well policed that there was not
a single accident, tragic or otherwise. In 1918 Doctor
Hamilton was elected a member of the West Virginia Legis-
lature. In the session of 1921 he introduced a joint resolu-
tion, adopted, requesting the Federal Government to select
Berkeley Springs in Morgan County as the site for one
of the five soldier sanitariums which the Government con-
templated building in different parts of the country. This
subject is still pending, only one of the sites having been
selected to date. Doctor Hamilton was appointed a member
of the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Springs by Governor
Morgan.

In August, 1888, Doctor Hamilton married Miss Bessie
L. Basnett, daughter of Festus D. Basnett, of Mannington.
Doctor and Mrs. Hamilton have two sons. Dale H., born
August 25, 1894, is a graduate of agriculture and horti-
culture from West Virginia University and now has charge
of his father’s fruit farm. During the World war he was
in the Government’s Spruce Division on the Pacific Coast,
where he had charge of eight hundred men in getting out
spruce timber for airplane building. Dale H. Hamilton
married Carla Lee Yorgersen, of the State of Washington,
and they have one daughter, Phyllis Jean, born October
19, 1921.

Dewey Dallas, born March 17, 1898, is now a student
in the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati. He took two
years of preparatory work for his medical course in West
Virginia University, and was there during the war, and had
volunteered and entered the Officers Training Camp at Camp
Taylor, Kentucky, but the armistice was signed before a
commission was issued.