1848-1857, U.S. Senator Hannibal Hamlin


This U.S. Senator Hannibal Hamlin history mug is one of a collection of U.S. Governance biographical mugs.  An image of Hannibal Hamlin and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Hannibal Hamlin was a member of U.S. House of Representatives and a senator from Maine.  He was an active opponent of slavery, opposing the Compromise Measures of 1850. He was the first Republican to hold the office of vice president. He served under Abraham Lincoln from 1861-1865.  Hannibal Hamlin was chosen to bring geographic balance to the ticket and because he was a former Democrat. When Lincoln ran for reelection in 1864, Hamlin was replaced by Andrew Johnson, who was a Southern Democrat who Republicans believed would be of value during reconciliation when the war was over.  In 1869, Hamlin was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving two terms, before leaving to take the post of the ambassador to Spain.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government.  Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population.  U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years.  Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures.  This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote.  The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.

Hannibal Hamlin was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as vice president.  Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate.  A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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