A son of Anne Brown Preeson Hamilton and famed Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Hamilton (1676-1741), who paved the way for freedom of the press in Colonial America through his brilliant defense of John Peter Zenger in New York in 1735, Gov. Hamilton was a first cousin of 2 of my great8-grandmothers, Sarah Preeson Hack Gibson and Susanna Upshur Teackle Scarborough of Virginia's Eastern Shore, grandchildren of Thomas and Susanna Denwood Browne. Gov. Hamilton and his family were well-connected with Colonial Pennsylvania history beginning with his father's supervision of the construction of Philadelphia's Independence Hall. Among other endeavors, James was a Mayor of Philadelphia, served twice as Acting Colonial Governor of Pennsylvania, a leading landowner in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the founder of Lancaster, PA. His brother-in-law, William Allen, was founder and namesake of Allentown, PA.