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Monday, July 22, 2013 1:03 PM

One of Paulding County’s many ghosttowns is a former canal town called Hamer, located in the far southeast corner of Washington Township. Platted in 1848, Hamer is thought to have been named for General Thomas Hamer of Ohio, who died during the Mexican War (1846-48). So who was he?

We celebrate fellow Buckeye Ulysses S. Grant — his great generalship during the Civil War and his presidency. But if we celebrate Grant, we should also celebrate Thomas Hamer. For without Hamer, there would have been no Ulysses S. Grant, either literally or figuratively.

Click here to read more about Hamer's career and his ties to U.S. Grant.