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HATTON, Frank, journalist, born in Cambridge, Ohio, 28 April, 1846. His father, Richard, removed to Cadiz, Ohio, where he published the "Republican." At the age of eleven the son entered the office of this paper, where he became foreman, and then local editor. When the civil war began he enlisted in the 98th Ohio infantry, and in 1864 was commissioned 1st lieutenant. His service was with the Army of the Cumberland. After the war he went to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, edited the "Journal" there in 1869-'74, and then removed to Burlington, Iowa, where he purchased a controlling interest in the "Hawkeye." He was postmaster in Burlington for a few years prior to 1881. In that year President Arthur appointed him assistant postmaster-general, and he served from October, 1881, till October, 1884, when the retirement of Judge Gresham from the office of postmaster-general, led to Mr. Hatton's promotion to fill the vacancy. He served until the close of President Arthur's administration, and was the youngest cabinet officer that ever served the government, Alexander Hamilton alone excepted. From October, 1882, till the summer of 1884 Mr. Hatton was connected with the "National Republican" in Washington. In July of the latter year he removed to Chicago, and assisted in reorganizing the "Mail," of which he is now (1887) the editor-in-chief.
HATTON, Robert, soldier, born in Sumner county, Tennessee, in 1827; killed at the battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia, 31 May, 1862. He was educated at Harvard, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He was a member of the Tennessee house of representatives in 1856, and in 1858 was elected to congress from that state, serving one term. He then entered the Confederate army, was appointed brigadier-general, 23 May, 1862, and was assigned to the command of the 5th brigade, 1st division, 1st corps, Army of Virginia.
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