|"The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress"
(detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of
HATCH, William Henry, a Representative from Missouri; born near Georgetown, Scott County,
Ky., September 11, 1833; attended the schools of Lexington, Ky., studied law;
was admitted to the bar in September 1854 and practiced; circuit attorney 1858
and 1860; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army; commissioned
captain and assistant adjutant general December 1862, and in March 1863 was
assigned to duty as assistant commissioner of exchange of prisoners under the
cartel, and continued in this position until the close of the war; elected as a
Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4,
1879-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Forty-eighth through
Fiftieth and Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); unsuccessful candidate
for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; engaged in agricultural
pursuits; died near Hannibal, Marion County, Mo., December 23, 1896; interment
in Riverside Cemetery.