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Sitting Ohio congressman murdered by his deranged son on the family farm in Marysville.

Union County, Ohio, 1857
12/22/1867

Cornelius Springer Hamilton was a lawyer and farmer in Marysville, serving his first term in the Fortieth Congress from the Eighth District of Ohio.  Called home over family concerns about his suddenly unbalanced eighteen-year-old son, he was in the process of getting his son admitted to an asylum when the young man struck down his father with a wooden board, killing him instantly.  The killer than attempted to murder the rest of his family but was apprehended before further damage could be done.  Cornelius Hamilton was forty-six years old. He was replaced in a special election by Republican John Beatty. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 585.

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