History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
William Hamill, attorney at law, of McLeansboro, was born in County
Londonderry, North of Ireland, June 7, 1842, the Son of William, Sr., and
Elizabeth (Crawford) Hamill, natives of the same county where the mother
died. When our subject was a child they came to Philadelphia, where he
secured a fair education in the common branches. In 1857 he came West,
with a married sister, and entered McKendree College, St. Clair County,
Ill. A few months before graduation he enlisted in Company E, one Hundred
and Seventeenth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served three
years as private, now a commissioned officer, and was seriously wounded in
the right arm, on Sherman's raid to Meridian, Miss., in 1864. While
wounded, he remained at Jackson three months a prisoner of war. While in
college he studied law under ex-Gov. French, who had charge of that
department, and since the war has practiced continuously ever since, and
with success. November 17, 1870, he married Maria E. Randall, a native of
Missouri. He has always been a Democrat, though no political aspirant.
Besides his profession he owns and manages several good farms at present.
He is an Odd Fellow, and is recognized as one of the able members of the
Hamilton County bar, and a citizen of high standing.
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