Representative Thomas Ray HAMER

YEARS 1864-1950
OFFICE Representative
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 61st (1909-1911)

Representative Thomas Ray HAMER Biography

HAMER, Thomas Ray, (nephew of Thomas Lyon Hamer), a Representative from Idaho; born in Vermont, Fulton County, Ill., May 4, 1864; attended the public schools, Hedding College, and Bloomington Law School; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in St. Anthony, Idaho, in 1893; engaged in agricultural pursuits in Fremont County, Idaho; member of the State house of representatives in 1896; enlisted in April 1898 as a private in the First Regiment, Idaho Volunteer Infantry and served as captain and lieutenant colonel in the Philippines; Military Governor of the island of Cebu; associate justice of the supreme court of the Philippine Islands; returned to St. Anthony, Idaho in 1901; delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1908 and 1912; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed the practice of law in St. Anthony, Idaho; engaged in banking at St. Anthony and Boise, Idaho, 1912-1921; served as major and lieutenant colonel, Judge Advocate General’s Department, during the First World War; reengaged in the practice of law at Portland, Oreg., until 1943, when he retired and moved to Los Angeles, Calif.; died in Phoenix, Ariz., December 22, 1950; interment in Greenwood Memorial Park. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives Moscow, ID Papers: 1910, 1 item. A letter from Hamer to W.H. Witty written on March 12, 1910. In the letter, Hamer writes concerning the progress of H.R. 19402, a bill authorizing a telegraph franchise in the District of Columbia. Idaho State Historical Society Boise, ID Papers: In the James A. McGee scrapbook, 1896-1926, 1 volume. The scrapbook contains correspondence and news clippings concerning several subjects, including suffrage; promotion of the Nampa, Idaho area; and the Payette Lake Club, Boise, Idaho. Correspondents include Hamer.


Thomas Ray HAMER Committee Assignments

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