Sunday, August 8, 2010

Major George S. Hampton

Major George S. Hampton, whose death occurred in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, October 11, 1905, was one of the earliest students of the University of Iowa. He claimed to be one of the first graduating class, but as far as known no record has yet been found that dates back so far. Mr. Hazzard, who lived east of Iowa City, makes the same claim.

Major Hampton enlisted in the 13th Iowa Infantry and continued in the army during the Civil War, being promoted from time to time until he reached the rank of Major. At the close of the war he moved to Lawrence, Kan., and engaged in the practice of law. He entered politics, and served as prosecuting attorney and state senator. Later he held several positions in the revenue and treasury service and during the past few years resided in Boston where his official duties took him.

Major Hampton was a half brother of Congressman Hepburn and an uncle of Mrs. Judge Byington.

SOURCE: “Alumni News,” The Iowa Alumnus, Vol. 3, p. 47

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