Hannibal Hamlin
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1809
Date of Death: 1891
Cause of Death: Heart failure
Religion: Unitarian
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Sarah Jane Emery (d. 1855), Ellen Vesta Emery
Children: Six
Political Party: Democratic Party (Until 1856)
Republican Party (1856-1891)
Political Office(s): Governor of Maine
United States Representative from Maine
United States Senator from Maine
Vice President of the United States
Fictional Appearances:

Hannibal Hamlin (August 27, 1809 - July 4, 1891) was an American politician and member of the Radical wing of the Republican Party. He served as the 15th Vice President of the United States for most of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Hamlin was chosen for the second place on the winning Republican ticket in 1860. While Vice President he was one of the chief advisers to President Abraham Lincoln, and urged both the Emancipation Proclamation and the arming of African Americans. His identification with the Radical Republicans caused him to be dropped from the ticket in 1864 in favor of Andrew Johnson, who was a member of the Democratic Party and a southerner.

Before becoming Vice President, Hamlin had served as a Congressman from Maine (1843-1847) and a Senator from Maine (1848-1861), during which, he briefly resigned to become governor of Maine, holding that office from January 8, 1857 through February 25, 1857, before resigning that position to return to the Senate. After the Civil War, Hamlin was again elected as Senator, serving from 1869-1881.

Hannibal Hamlin in "Must and Shall"[]

"Must and Shall"
POD: July 12, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Date of Death: Unrevealed
Political Office(s): Vice President of the United States;
President of the United States

Hannibal Hamlin had retired to Bangor, Maine in 1864 after being passed over for renomination as Vice President in favor of Andrew Johnson. However, in July, an emergency telegram summoned him out of Bangor to Washington City to assume the Presidency after Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter while inspecting the defenses of Fort Stevens on July 12.[1] Hamlin took the inaugural oath as the 17th President of the United States on July 21, 1864.

Hamlin and his successors instituted a policy to oppress the former Confederate States which resulted in the destruction of their economy, and racial division, that caused problems for US security as late as the 1940s.

Inaugural address[]

In his Inauguration speech, Hamlin said:

"Stand fast! That has ever been my watchword, and at no time in all the history of our great and glorious republic has our heeding it been more urgent. Abraham Lincoln’s body may lie in the grave, but we shall go marching on — to victory!
"The responsibility for this great war, in which our leader gave his last full measure of devotion, lies solely at the feet of the Southern slaveocrats who conspired to take their states out of our grand Union for their own evil ends. I promise you, my friends — Abraham Lincoln shall be avenged, and those who caused his death punished in full.
Henceforward, I say this: let us use every means recognized by the Laws of War which God has put in our hands to crush out the wickedest rebellion the world has ever witnessed. This conflict is become a radical revolution—yes, gentlemen, I openly employ the word, and, what is more, I revel in it—involving the desolation of the South as well as the emancipation of the bondsmen it vilely keeps in chains.
"They have sowed the wind; let them reap the whirlwind. We are in earnest now, and have awakened to the stern duty upon us. Let that duty be disregarded or haltingly or halfway performed, and God only in His wisdom can know what will be the end. This lawless monster of a Political Slave Power shall forevermore be shorn of its power to ruin a government it no longer has the strength to rule.
"The rebels proudly proclaim they have left the Union. Very well: we shall take them at their word and, once having gained the victory Providence will surely grant us, we shall treat their lands as they deserve: not as the states they no longer desire to be, but as conquered provinces, won by our sword. I say we shall hang Jefferson Davis, and hang Robert E. Lee, and hang Joe Johnston, yes, hang them higher than Haman, and the other rebel generals and colonels and governors and members of their false Congress. The living God is merciful, true, but He is also just and vengeful, and we, the people of the United States, we shall be His instrument in advancing the right."[2]

Hannibal Hamlin in The Guns of the South[]

The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Office(s): Vice President of the United States

Hannibal Hamlin was Vice President of the United States under President Abraham Lincoln from 1861 to 1865. In the 1864 election, and in the aftermath of the Second American Revolution, Lincoln and Hamlin were defeated by Horatio Seymour and Clement Vallandigham by a narrow margin.[3] They carried 83 electoral votes and 12 states compared to Seymour and Vallandigham's 138 electoral votes and 10 states.

Hannibal Hamlin in Southern Victory[]

Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Office(s): Vice President of the United States (1861-1865),
U.S. Secretary of State (1881-1885)

Hannibal Hamlin was Vice President of the United States under President Abraham Lincoln from 1861 to 1865. In the 1864 election, and in the aftermath of the War of Secession, he and Lincoln were handily defeated.

Hamlin later served as Secretary of State to President James G. Blaine during the Second Mexican War.[4]

In late 1881, Hamlin was one of several prominent Republican leaders to attend a convention called by Lincoln in Chicago. He resisted Lincoln's proposal to replace hostility toward the Confederate States with workers' rights as the central plank of the party's platform. The rejection of this proposal led to Lincoln's defection to the Socialist Party and the end of the Republican Party as an effective force in American politics.[5]

See also[]


  1. See e.g. Counting Up, Counting Down, pg. 57.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 57-59.
  3. The Guns of the South, pg. 248
  4. How Few Remain, pg. 97.
  5. Ibid, pg. 459-465