Hatch, Ozias Mather

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    Full name
    Ozias Mather Hatch
    Place of Birth
    Birth Date Certainty
    Death Date Certainty
    Sectional choice
    Free State
    Dr. Reuben Hatch (father), Ozias Hatch Jr. (son), Pascal E. Hatch (son)
    Relation to Slavery
    White non-slaveholder
    Political Parties
    Other Affiliations
    Abolitionists (Anti-Slavery Society)
    State legislature
    Other state government

    Ozias Mather Hatch (New York Times)

    OZIAS M. HATCH, who was a well-known figure in Illinois a third of a century ago, and who was twice Secretary of State, died at his home in Springfield, Ill., on Sunday, in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He was born in New Hampshire in 1814 and removed to Boston in 1832, where he remained until 1836. He assisted in organizing the Republican party. In 1856 he was elected Secretary of State and four years later he was re-elected. His relations with President Lincoln and Gov. Yates were close.
    “Obituary Notes,” New York Times, March 14, 1893, p. 5: 3.

    Ozias Mather Hatch (Bateman, 1907)

    HATCH, Ozias Mather, Secretary of the State of Illinois (1857-'65). was born at Hillsborough Center, N. H., April 11, 1814, and removed to Origgsville. 111., in 1886. In 1829 he began life as a clerk for a wholesale and retail grocer in Boston. From 1836 to 1841 he was engaged in store- keeping at Origgsville. In the latter year he was appointed Circuit Court Clerk of Pike County, holding the office seven years. In 1858 he again embarked in business at Meredosia, 111. In 1850 he was elected to the Legislature, serving one term. An earnest anti-slavery man, he was, in 1856, nominated by the newly organized Republican party for Secretary of State and elected, being re-elected in 1860. on the same ticket with Mr. Lincoln, of whom he was a warm personal friend and admirer. During the war he gave a zealous and effective support to Governor Yates' administration. In 1864 he declined a renonii- nation and retired from political life. He was an original and active member of the Lincoln Monument Association from its organization in 1865 to his death, and, in company with Gov. R. J. Oglesby, made a canvass of Eastern cities to collect funds for statuary to be placed on the monument. After retiring from office he was interested to some extent in the banking business at Griggs- ville, and was influential in securing the construction of the branch of the Wabash Railway from Naples to Ilannibal, Mo. He was, for over thirty-five years, a resident of Springfield, dying there, March 12, 1893.
    Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, 1905), 224.

    Ozias Mather Hatch (Chicago Tribune)



    He Was Secretary of State of Illinois from 1856 to 1864.

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. March 13 – [Special.] –

    Ozias M. Hatch died at noon today at his home in this city. Although he had been in feeble health, his death was unexpected and came after a brief illness. With the exception of Gen. Allan C. Fuller of Belvidere Mr. Hatch was the last survivor of the men who became famous in the administration of State offices during the troublous period of the Civil War. He was a genial companion and an able man, who was held in high esteem by a great circle of warm friends all over the State, including particularly those older citizens who were at the front curing the Civil War, and he will be sincerely mourned by all who knew him. The funeral will be held here at 2 p. m. Wednesday and will no doubt be largely attended by friends from different parts of the State.

    [Mr. Hatch was born at Hillsborough, N. H., April 14, 1814. His father was Dr. Reuben Hatch, who came from New Hampshire and located in Pike County, Ill., in 1835. In 1811 O. N. Hatch was appointed clerk of the Circuit Court of Pike County by Judge Samuel D. Lockwood and held that office for seven years. From 1847 to 1851 he was engaged in mercantile business at Griggsville and in the latter year was elected to represent Pike County in the Legislature. In November, 1856, he was elected Secretary of State on the Republican ticket, when that party first came into power in Illinois, and was reelected in 1860 serving in all eight years and during the most trying period in the history of the State. Since his retirement from office he had lived quitely at Springfield. He was one of the original members of the National Lincoln Monument Association and had been one of the most active members of the Board of Trustees and Secretary of the association ever since its organization. Mr. Hatch is survived by his widow and two sons, Ozias Hatch Jr. and Pacal E. Hatch, the latter a student at Harvard University.]

    “Ozias M. Hatch is Dead,” Chicago (IL) Tribune, March 13, 1893, p. 3: 5.
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