Hannibal Hamlin

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Hamlin, Hannibal [Vice President] (1809—1891)

Hamlin, the statesman who was Vice President under President Lincoln, was a Unitarian.

Born in Paris Hill, Maine, he practiced law (1833-1848), was speaker of Maine's House of Representatives, and sat in the US Senate as a Democrat (1848-1857). However, separating from his party over his anti-slavery opinions, he returned to Maine and was sent by the Republicans to the Senate in 1857. In 1861 he became Vice-President under Lincoln, after which he served as minister to Spain (1881-1882).

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