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About Charles Edward Hamlin
Charles Hamlin (September 13, 1837 - May 15, 1911) was an American Civil War general. He was also the son of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin and brother to Cyrus Hamlin, another Civil War general.
He began his military career as a major in the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment and then gained a staff position in the Army of the Potomac. After serving on the staffs of Generals Hiram G. Berry and Albion P. Howe, Hamlin was breveted to brigadier general in 1865. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg among other engagements.
Along with his sister Sarah, Hamlin was at Ford's Theater on the night of the Lincoln assassination.
A lawyer in civilian life, Hamlin returned to his home in Bangor, Maine after the war and became City Soliciter in 1867. In 1883 and 1885 he served terms in the Maine House of Representatives, becoming its Speaker in his second term. He also served as president of the Eastern Maine General Hospital (now the Eastern Maine Medical Center).