ALEXANDER BROWN HAMILTON, M. D.
Dr. Alexander Brown Hamilton is one of the pioneer physicians of Laramie and throughout the entire period of his practice in the city, covering a quarter of a century, he has maintained a foremost place in public regard as a skilled and competent physician and surgeon.
He was bom in Rouseville, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1861, a son of the late David Hamilton, who was also a native of the Keystone state and a representative of an old Pennsylvania family of Scotch-Irish lineage. The family was founded in America at an early period in the development of the new world and representatives of the name participated in the War of 1812. David Hamilton became a successful agriculturist of Pennsylvania, where he resided to the time of his death, which occurred October 25, 1909, when he had reached the age of seventy-nine years. In politics he was an active republican, working untiringly for the success of his party yet never seeking office as a reward for party fealty. His religious faith was that of the Presbyterian church. He married Susan Offutt. a native of Pennsylvania and a representative of one of the old families of that state of English descent founded in America prior to the Revolutionary war. A representative of this branch of the family was a brother-in-law of Captain James Cook, the famous explorer of Australia and the South Sea, and discoverer of the Hawaiian Islands, where he was murdered. Offutt and Cook were sailors together in their younger years. Mrs. Hamilton passed away in April, 1905, at the age of seventy-five years. By her marriage she had become the mother of nine children, seven of whom are yet living.
Dr. Alexander B. Hamilton, who was the third in order of birth and is the onlv one living in Wyoming, pursued his education in the Grove City College of Grove City, Pennsylvania. His early life to the age of nineteen years was spent upon the home farm and he then started out on his own account, taking up the profession of teaching, which he followed in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, through two winter terms in 1881 and 1882. He regarded this, however, merely as an initial step to other professional labor, for it was his desire to become a member of the medical profession and with that end in view he entered the Western Reserve Medical Department at Cleveland, Ohio, and was graduated therefrom with the M. D. degree in March, 1886. He immediately entered upon active practice at Garland, Pennsylvania, where he continued until the fall of 1892, when he removed to Youngstown, Ohio, but there remained only until the spring of 1893, when he heard and heeded the call of the west and made his way to Laramie, where he has since lived, being continuously engaged in practice during the intervening period, covering a quarter of a century. He was one of the pioneer physicians of the city and his ability brought him prominently to the front, a position which he has always been able to maintain by reason of his wide reading, his close study and his investigations, which have kept him in touch with the most advanced and progressive methods manifest in the practice of medicine and surgery. He belongs to the Albany County Medical Society, the Wyoming State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He also has other business interests, being vice president and one of the directors of the First State Bank of Laramie.
On the 10th of September, 1885, Dr. Hamilton was united in marriage at Plaingrove, Pennsylvania, to Miss Margaret E. Martin, a native of the Keystone state and a daughter of the late Thomas and Maria (Jordan) Martin, who were representatives of prominent Pennsylvania families and have both passed away.
In public affairs Dr. Hamilton has taken an active and helpful interest and his efforts have contributed in marked degree to general progress and advancement. He is treasurer of the Albany County Free Public Library and he has cooperated in many movements that have had to do with intellectual progress. For the past seven years he has served on the executive board of the University of Wyoming. Politically he maintains an independent course, voting according to the dictates of his judgment, and religiously he is connected with the First Presbyterian church. He stands as a splendid example of a self-made man. He worked his own way through college and through the medical school, and his advancement is due entirely to his own efforts, his laudable ambition and his high purpose. He stands not only as one of the leading representatives of his profession but also as one of the most prominent factors in connection with public and civic matters in Laramie and is widely and favorably known throughout the entire state.