Thomas Benton " T. B." Hamilton
|Thomas Benton Hamilton born in Columbus, Franklin county Ohio. Aug. 7, 1865 died on Feb. 18, 1939 Evanston, Cook county Illinois;
the son of Dr. John Waterman Hamilton Dr. (1823-1898) and Rachel Hannah Worden (1826-1912
He retired on April 30, 1932 He graduated from Princeton in the Class of ’88 and joined the PRR as a rodman on the Louisville
Division that November. He was Superintendent of the Erie & Ashtabula Division (1910-1903), Superintendent of the Cleveland
& Pittsburgh Division (1903-11), General Superintendent of the Central System, Lines West (1912-1914), General Manager of
the Vandalia RR (1914-1916) he was appointed 1 Feb. 1914 to replace Am. Shroyer; resident VP at St. Louis (1917-1920),
General Manager of the Northwestern Region (1920-1924); VP & GM of the Northwestern Region (1924-1925); VP & GM of
the Western Region (1925-1929), and VP-Chicago (1929-1932). This informatation came from Rob Schoenberg and
Chris Baer railroad buffs on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
||married January 26, 1897 Flora Deshler Brent born December 23, 1872, at Fort D. A. Russell, Cheyenne,
Wyoming DEATH 07 JUL 1933 Union, Marshall, Indiana, daughter of Thomas Lee Brent and Flora Deshler.|
|Flora Deshler Brent Hamilton and her two oldest children John Worden Hamilton
and Winifred Lee Hamilton
The Hamilton's came to Lake Maxinkuckee each summer since 1914, until May 1, 1932, when Mr. Hamilton retired and they made
their permanent home in Culver, moving here from Chicago.
Both are buried at burial Culver Masonic cemetery Culver, Marshall county Indiana.
John Worden Hamilton Birth 17 JUL 1899 Columbus, Franklin, Ohio Death 23 JAN 1954 Chicago Cook County, Illinois
married Burial 26 Jan 1954 Culver, Marshall, Indiana, Masonic Cemetery; Plot: Section 5, Row 4 married 2 Jun 1928
Kankakee, Illinois Elizabeth Eleanor Failey Birth 30 JUL 1906 Kankakee, Kankakee, Illinois Death DEC 1988 Northbrook
Cook County, Illinois 12 Dec 1988 • Culver, Marshall, Indiana Masonic Cemetery daughter of
Malby Rollen 'Mal' Failey and Laura ELizabeth
Cox; of Evanston, Illinois
Winified Lee Hamilton Winifred Lee Hamilton Bishop BIRTH 25 NOV 1897 Toledo, Lucas, Ohio
DEATH 19 JUN 1934 Burial 22 Jun 1934 Culver, Marshall, Indiana Masonic Cemetery; Plot: Section 5,
||m. 11 Mar 1922 Chicago, Cook, Illinois, James Howard "J. H." Bishop, Captain of the Culver Military faculty
BIRTH 04 NOV 1893 Spalding, Ralls, Missouri DEATH 12 MAY 1961 Burial 15 May 1961 Culver, Marshall, Indiana
Marriage of Miss Hamilton|
Miss Winified Lee Hamilton of Chicago and Liet. Bishop of the academic staff of the academy
were married in Chicago last Satruday.
The bride is the daughter of Thomas B. Hamilton, northwestern regional manager of the
Pennsylvania Lines, and with his charming wife and daughters a member of Lake
Maxinkuckee's summer colony. Mrs. and Mrs. Bishop expect to remain in Chicago several
days, after which they will come to Culver - Citizen 15 Mar 1922
James was CMA Dept. Chair of History. Served from 1924-1958. Died in an automobile accident. James and Winifred
had daughters Winifred and Flora. James married 2nd 1936 Mabel Robbins Bishop1899–1980
Flora Brent Hamilton BIRTH 06 DEC 1903 Newcastle, Pennsylvania DEATH 10 MAY 1978 Olympia, Thurston,
Washington married 06 Jul 1927 Culver, Marshall, Indiana Charles Turner Cravens Sr. BIRTH 06 DEC 1904 Siloam
Springs, Benton, Arkansas DEATH 20 JUN 1981 Olympia, Thurston, Washington
Virginia Rachel Hamilton BIRTH 17 AUG 1914 St Louis, Missouri DEATH 12 JAN 1955 Needham, Norfolk,
Massachusetts, 1935 Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts John Harris Wright of Wesley Hills, Mass.
John Harris Wright BIRTH 24 JAN 1906 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts DEATH 10 APR 1999 Columbia, Howard,
Nuptial Ceremony Takes Place in East
A Nupital event of local interest was the wedding in which Miss Virginia Hamilton, daughter of T. B.
Hamilton, became the bride of John Harries Wright of Boston, Mass.
The marriage service was proonounced at the St. Barnabas church in Falmouth, Cape, Cod, Mass.,
on Saturday, May 25.
Mrs. Louis McCleeland, of Boston, formerly Sally Adams of the East Shore, was mation of honor and
Miss Jean Wright, sister of the groom, of Boston, served as maid of honor. Richard Whiting, of
Cambridge, Mass., was best man, and ushering were Mr. Emerson of BOston, and Mr. Irwin, of New
A reception followed the ceremony at the Cooneamessett Inn.
The couple will be at home in Boston, Mass., where Mr. wright is connected with radio station
WBZ on the Hotel Bradford. The groom was a member of the 1927 graduating class at Harvard
Those going east for the ceremont were the bride's father T. B. Hamilton , her sister Mrs. Charles
Cravens of Louisville, Ky. and her niece, Miss Winifred Bishop.
One of my summer playmates was Virginia Hamilton, whose Father was vice president of Pennsylvania Railroad. They had a big summer cottage
and came with their servants to vacation. Mr. Hamilton came often in his private railroad car, which was set on the siding behind the
cottage. He brought gifts to Virginia and me from the city. One time he brought pogo sticks. I learned to jump all up and down the
block, go up and down steps and keep from falling off for quite a period of time. They were great fun. I remember going to dinner at
their place and being attended by a butler. I was quite awed by all this, but the butler liked little girls. He would wink at us when
Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were not looking and it broke the tension. - Donna Medbourn Edgington
Private Car to Culver - The special car of geneal Manager Hamilton of the Vandalia, passed trhough the city yesterday, enroute to
Culver , Ind. Mrs. Hamilton was the only occupant of the car. The family has engaged a cottage at Lake Maxinkuckee for the summer.
pg. 5 Jun. 8, 1915 Logansport Journal Tribune.
25 Feb 1920
The Pennsylvania Railroad
When the railroads are restored to the owners on March 1 the Pennsylvania will be divided into
four regions - Eastern, Central, Southeastern and Southwestern.
The old "Vandalia" will be included in the South western, the general manager of which will be
T. B. Hamilton whose headquarters will be Chicago.
The superintendent of the Michigan division will be D. Y. Geddes with headquarters at
5 Nov 1924
T. B. Hamilton, general manager of the Northwestern Region since its organization in 1920, will
become vice president of the region on Nov. 15, in a series of promotions which will makre Gen.
W. W> Atterbury vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad and take Vice-President E. T.
Whiter, now in charge of this region, to the vice-presidency of the Central Region at Pittsburg
Mr. Hamilton is well known to Culver people since he has a cottage on the banks of Lake
Maxinkuckee and has spent a part of a great many summers in this vicinity.
The new vice-repsiden has a wide railroad knowledge and brings to his new position a wealth
of operating experience. BOrn in 1865, Mr. Hamilton has been an emploe of the Pennsylvania
since 1888, when he entered the service of the Louisville Division as a rodman. He had just
graduated from Princeton University, and climbed through a succession of promotions in the
engineering department until he became superintendent of the Erie and Ashtabula Division in
Mr Hamilton became superintendent of the Cleveland and Pittsburg Division in 1903, and in 1912
was made general superintendent of the then existing Central System, Pennsylvania lines west.
On Feb. 1, 1914 he became general manager of the Vandalia railroad, and when it was merged
withthe Pan-Handle, Mr. Hamilton became resident vice-rpesident of the Pennsylvania System at
3 Jun 1925
T. B. Hamilton Acquires Increased Jurisdiction
T. B. Hamilton, vice-president and genral manager of the Northwestern region of the Pennsylvania,
has been given charge of the SOuthwestern region also, the two departments to be known as the
Mr.Hamilton and his family are summer residents of Culver and this announcement will be of interest
to their many firends here
Logansport Press 26 Nov 1931
Annul Marriage Of Hamilton Girl
Plymouth, ind., Nov. 25 - Judge Albert Chipman today annulled the marriage of Virginia Hamilton, daughter of the Pennsylvania
railroad vice -president, Chicago, and Thornwell Jacobs Jr., son of the president of Oglethorpe; University The marriage was
performed here Monday. Complaint was filed by the bride's mother Flora Hamilton, who her daughter is a minor.
4 May 1932
T. B. Hamilton Retires As Offical of Pennsy
T. B. H amilton, a vice presidnet of the Pennsylvania railroad, retried the first of the week in Chicago
after 43 years in the service of the line.
Mr. Hamilton, who is 66 years old, enterd the Pennsylvania service in 1888 as a roadman in the
engineering corps at Louisville, Ky.
The Hamiltons are now in Culver remodeling their beutiful summer home into an all-year structure
as they plan to make Culver their permanent residence.
They have been coming to Lake Maxinkuckee for 17 summers
12 Jul . 1933
Mrs. T. B. Hamilton, Dies of Heart Attack
wife of Retired Official of Pennsylvania Railroad
Mrs. Flora Brent Hamilton, wife of Thomas B. Hamilton, retired vice-president of the Pennsylvania railroad, passed away Friday at
their home, "Villa Primavera" on Lake Maxinkuckee, after an attack of heart trouble. She was 61 years of age.
She had suffered a previous attack this spring which confined her at her home for several weeks. She had resumed her usual activities
when stricken again with this attack lasting a few days before proving fatal.
Mrs. Hamilton was born December 23, 1872, at Fort D. A. Russell, Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her father, Thomas L. Brent, was stationed
as an officer in the army. She was educated in the Germany and Switzerland, and was married January 26, 1897 to Thomas B. Hamilton.
The Hamilton's had been coming to Lake Maxinkuckee each summer since 1914, until May 1, 1932, when Mr. Hamilton retired and they made
their permanent home in Culver , moving here from Chicago.
Mrs. Hamilton was gifted with many accomplishments her duties a adivated mother and gracious hostess she found ability in verse and
prose. In 1927 a collection of prose by Mrs. Hamilton was published under the title, "When Lilacs Bloom". A second edition of this
charming work is now on the press. A complete volume of her sonnets and other poems is now being published and will be announced
within the next few months.
Probably her greatest literary achievement had just been finished, except for the reading of a few galley proofs, before her illness in
the spring. This was the translation of the poems by Henri de Trengies, of the French Academy and one of the forty immortals. This
book will be announced in
Mrs. Hamilton's literary work had won from many of the outstanding men of letters and her death cut short still finer writings for
which she was now finding time.
Surviving are the widower; three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Bishop, of the Culver Military fac ulty, Mrs. Flora Cravens of Louisville,
Ky. and Miss Virginia Hamilton, art student of Boston, Mass; and one son John W. Hamilton, of Evanston, Ill.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the home, Father William J. Cordick, of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Plymouth
officiating. Internment was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.
Saturday, July 8, 1933 Rochester Sentinel
Culver , Ind., July 8. - Mrs. Flora HAMILTON, wife of T.B. HAMILTON, retired vice president of
the Pennsylvania railroad, died this afternoon at the Hamilton summer home on Lake
She had been suffering only a short time with heart trouble.
Surviving are the husband, three daughters [daughters], Mrs. J. H. BISHOP, wife of Cap.
BISHOP of the Culver Military Academy faculty; Mrs. Flora CRAVEN'S, Louisville, Ky., and
Miss Virginia HAMILTON, Boston, Mass., art student and a son, John W. HAMILTON of
Evantston [Evanston], Ill.
22 Feb. 1939
T. B. Hamilton, Former Railroad Executive
Dies in Evanston, Ill.
Thomas B. Hamilton, former vice-president of the Pennsylvania railroad, passed away in the Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Ill.,
Saturday, Feb. 18, following a critical illness of only a few days.
Mr. Hamilton was born in Columbus, O. Aug. 7, 1865, and was graduated from Princeton University in 1888. He became a rodman on
the Louisville division of the Pennsylvania Railroad lines in November of the same year. Having been transferred to the
engineering corps on the Pittsburgh division in 1890, he was appointed assistant engineer on Jan. 1, 1896. After service on
the Toledo, Cincinnati and Cleveland and Pittsburgh divisions, he was appointed superintendent of the Erie and Ashtab ula
division in the same capacity, Dec. 21, 1903.
In 1912 he became general superintendent of the central system and on Feb. 1, 1914, general manager of the Vandalia railroad
upon the consolidation of this road with the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis railroad. He became resident
vice-resident at St. Louis on Jan. 1, 1917. Throughout the period of federal contrail he served as gerneral superintendent of the
St. Louis system of the Pennsylvania.
On March 1, 1920, after the termination of federal control, Mr. Hamilton was appointed general manager of the northwestern region
of the Pennsylvania railroad with offices in Chicago. On Nov. 15, 1924, he received the title of vice-president and general manager,
on Sept 16, 1926 he was relieved of the duties of general manager and in June 1929, was appointed vice-president Chicago, which
office he held until May 1, 1932, when he retired under the company pension reg ulation.
Mr. Hamilton was largely responsible for the development of the ore dock facilities at Cleveland, and for the details incident of
the company's entrance into Detroit. His work as chairman of the American Railway Associations committee appointed to study and
report upon the feasibility of extending locomotive runs, was an outstanding contribution to the railroad industry.
Mr. Hamilton's record speaks for itself and reflects a lifetime of loyal and devoted service and marked accomplishment.
The Hamilton's had been summer cottagers on Lake Maxinkuckee for a number of years and upon Mr. Hamilton's retirement made this their
year around home on the west shore of the lake.
Surviving are three children: John W. of Evanston, Ill., Mrs. Charles T. Cravens of Evanston, Ill. and Mrs. John H. Wright of Wesley
Hills, Mass., ten grandchildren and a wide circle of friends.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home here, Father Roland of the Plymouth Episcopal church officiating. Internment
was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.