Attorney, judge, historian. Born– March 19, 1859, Mobile. Parents– Peter and Anna Martha Hamilton. Married– Rachel Wheeler. Children– Three. Education– Princeton University, A.B., 1879, A.M., 1882,; University of Alabama, LL.B., 1910; further study at the University of Leipzig and at Spring Hill College. Admitted to the bar in 1882; Practiced law in Mobile, serving as city attorney; served two terms (1913-1921) as judge of the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico and later practiced law at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Taught constitutional law at the Law School of the University of Puerto Rico, 1921-25; served as Dean of the Law School at Southern Methodist University.  Member, Historic Society of Mobile; Chairman of Mobile Centennial celebration, 1911.  Awarded the LL.D. by the University of Alabama in 1910 and by Spring Hill College in 1911. The Peter Joe Hamilton Elementary School in Chickasaw is named in honor of Judge Hamilton. Died July 13, 1927.


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The Chevalier d’Iberville; Some Considerations of the Life of a Great Pioneer. Mobile, Ala.; Historic Mobile Preservation Society, 1948.

Colonial Mobile, an Historical Study. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1897.

The Colonization of the South. Philadelphia; G. Barrie, 1904.

The East and the West in the Mediterranean. San Juan, Puerto Rico; Progress, 1924.

The Founding of Mobile, 1702-1718. Mobile, Ala.; Commercial Printing Co., 1911.

A Little Boy in Confederate Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Colonial Mobile Book Shop, 1947.

Mobile of the Five Flags; the Story of the River Basin and Coast about Mobile from the Earliest Times to the Present. Mobile, Ala.; Gill Printing Co., 1913.

The Origin and Growth of the Common Law in England and America; a Study of Private Law. San Juan, Puerto Rico; Caribbean Pub. Co., 1922.

The Private Life of Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. Mobile, Ala.; Bienville Monument Fund, 1909?

Rambles in Historic Lands; Travels in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and England. New York; Putnam, 1893.

The Reconstruction Period. New York; G. Barrie & Sons, 1904.


The Charter and the Code of Ordinances of 1897 of the City of Mobile. Mobile, Ala.; Commercial Printing Co., 1897.