HOBART HAMILTON, civil engineer, Petersburg; son of Jamin and Elizabeth (Little) Hamilton; was born in Chittenden Co., Vt., June 26, 1831. Here he spent the early part of his life, and received his academic education. He graduated from the Vermont University at Burlington, in 1853; his course in civic engineering was thorough, and he took up that profession, and soon became an able engineer. He came West in 1857, locating in Petersburg, and began in the employ of the Peoria and Oquawka Railroad, now a branch of C., B. and Q. Railroad, as civil engineer, and continued it some three years; then engaged with the Tonica & Petersburg, now a branch of the C. and A. Railroad; here he served as civil engineer until the fall of 1858, when he bought and began to publish a paper known as the Menard Index. He continued as proprietor and editor of this paper till 1863, when he received the appointment of Quartermaster of the 102d I. V. I.; this position he held until the close of the war. In the fall of 1865, he was elected County Clerk of Menard Co., and appointed Master in Chancery, serving as County Clerk one term and Master in Chancery eight years. He was appointed Chief Engineer of the Springfield & North-Western Railroad in 1870, filling this position until 1873. The many prominent and responsible positions that have been confided to him have been filled with credit. He married Clara, daughter of John McDougall, of Oneida Co., N.Y., Dec. 24, 1860. She is a lady of culture and fine social qualities; they have a beautiful residence, finely located, and a promising family of six children.