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Born near Georgetown, Kentucky, Hatch attended the schools of Lexington, Kentucky, where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in September 1854 and practiced as a circuit attorney in 1858 and 1860. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Army. He was made a 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.
Hatch was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1895), during which time he served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth and Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress. After his congressional career, he engaged in agricultural pursuits.
He died near Hannibal, Missouri on December 23, 1896, and was interred in Riverside Cemetery.
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References[edit | edit source]
- William H. Hatch at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-19.