GEN. ANDREW J. HAMILTON.
Gen. Andrew Jackson Hamilton, who died on
the 11th inst. at Austin, Tex., was a prominent citizen of
that State, to which he migrated about thirty years ago
from Alabama. He practiced law many years at Austin,
served several terms in the Legislature, and after being
Attorney-General, represented a district from 1859 to
1861 in Congress. He was a strong Unionist, and
made vigorous speeches against secession at Bren-
ham and Galveston in November, 1861. He re-
mained North during the early part of the
war, but subsequently accepted the commission of
Major-General in the Union Army, and was sent to Mata-
moros, where, having no troops to command, he remained
inactive. In 1865 he returned to Texas as Provisional
Governor, and retained that office until the election of
Governor Throckmorton in 1866. When Throckmorton
was afterward deposed by the military, Gen. Hamilton
was made a Justice of the Supreme Court.
He was a member of the convention which
formed the present Texan Constitution and was
author of one of the provisions reenfranchising
the large class of white voters who had been excluded
from the suffrage at the previous elections succeeding the
war. Gen. Hamilton was an independent candidate for
Governor in 1869, but was defeated by ex-Gov. Davis.
He was considered one of the ablest lawyers in Texas,
and in former times was noted for the eloquence and
alacrity he displayed in legal arguments. He was a
brother of Senator Hamilton.