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He was appointed by King George III of Britain as Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda (or Somers Isles) in America, and Commander in Chief of Forts King's Castle, Fort Hamilton, Fort Popple and Fort Paget on February 26, 1787.He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1734, as the fourth of seven children.While still Governor of Dominica, he died in Antigua where he had gone for treatment because of his declining health.He was unique in British colonial history - the only Governor of three separate places, especially popular in the last two.In every way, he was a very good, capable, honest, efficient and trustworthy bachelor Governor.It is not well known, even by locals, that the city motto "Hamilton Sparsa Collegit" - as shown on the commemorative coin above -is not directly about the city but about how Governor "Hamilton had brought together the scattered." Later, he was Governor of the much bigger (more than ten times the size) but less populated Caribbean island of Dominica in the Leeward Islands (not to be confused with the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic).British Lieutenant Governor and then full Governor here from 1788 to 1794 and got this municipality started. His commission also authorized him to act as full Governor in case of death or absence of Governor in Chief and Captain General William Browne (a British Loyalist born in Massachusetts, USA), who left Bermuda on October 27, 1788, never to return, although he was technically still Governor of Bermuda more than a year later.
Later, there was the large Hamilton Hotel, where the City Hall and its Car Park are now.He was dismissed from office for reasons not his own and returned to England.But his reputation and the intercession of his influential family and friends returned him to favor.It was easily the largest in Bermuda but was burnt down over four decades ago and never rebuilt.The Hamilton Princess Hotel in Pembroke Parish and a number of smaller properties are within walking distance for those who are able to do so.
He soon acquired a notorious reputation from American historians of the time as the "Hair Buyer of Detroit") for helping British financed Indians scalp rebel Americans on the frontiers.