Hamlin, West Virginia

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Hamlin, originally named "Hamline," is a town in Lincoln County, West Virginia, United States, along the Mud River. The population was recorded as 1,119 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lincoln County.[3]



The town was founded in 1835, and incorporated in 1867. Hamlin was named for either Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline of the Methodist Church or President Abraham Lincoln's first Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin. A former postmaster claimed that Bishop Hamline added the "E" to his last name.[4]


Hamlin is governed by a five council members and a mayor and recorder. Mayor Brian Barrett, Recorder Elizabeth Rexroad, Council members: Roy Lambert, Kenny Lambert, Daniel McKay, Buddy Wade, and Chris Wilkerson. Elections for the council take place on June 8, 2010. The mayor, recorder and council members are elected to four-year terms.

Meetings are the first Monday of each month.


Hamlin is located at 38°16′44″N 82°6′25″W / 38.27889°N 82.10694°W / 38.27889; -82.10694 (38.278946, -82.106825).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²). 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²) of it is land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,119 people, 478 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 758.0/km² (1,949.7/mi²). There were 527 housing units at an average density of 357.0/km² (918.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.84% White, 0.09% African American, 0.27% Native American, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

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