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Jethro A. Hatch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded by Thomas Hammond
Succeeded by Edgar D. Crumpacker
Indiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1837-06-18)June 18, 1837
Pitcher, New York
Died August 3, 1912(1912-08-03) (aged 75)
Victoria, Texas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Melissa Shaeffer
Children Darwin Shaeffer Hatch
Hazel Margaret Hatch
Parent(s) Jethro Hatch
Minerva Pierce
Alma mater Rush Medical College
Occupation Physician and Politician

Jethro Ayers Hatch (June 18, 1837 – August 3, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Early life and ancestors

He was born on June 18, 1837 in Pitcher, New York the son of Jethro Hatch, Sr. and Minerva Pierce, the daughter of Gordon Pierce and Thirza Smalley. He was the grandson of Timothy Hatch, one of the Proprietors and Pioneers of Sherburne, New York. Timothy's wife was Ruth Welles, the sister of Martha Welles, wife of the Rev. Blackleach Burritt, and a direct descendant of Gov.Thomas Welles, the Fourth Colonial Governor of Connecticut and the transcriber of the Fundamental Orders into the official colony records of Connecticut. He was also a cousin of Herschel H. Hatch, a politician and attorney from Michigan.

Hatch settled in Sugar Grove, Illinois in 1847 with his parents and four siblings, being pioneers of Kane County, Illinois.

Marriage and family

He married on May 26, 1881, in Kentland, Indiana, Sarah Melissa Shaeffer, the daughter of Gilbert and Margaret Shaeffer of Lancaster, Ohio. They were the parents of two children:

Darwin Shaeffer Hatch, a graduate of Purdue University, and a writer and Editor in Chief of Motor Age Magazine, later purchased by the Walt Disney Company

Hazel Margaret Hatch, a 1902 graduate of Ferry Hall School, Lake Forest, Illinois and a 1906 graduate of Indiana University. She married Claude Seymore Steele a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He served as a Senator in the Indiana Senate, the upper house of the Indiana General Assembly.

Education and career

He attended the common schools and graduated from Batavia Institute in Batavia, Illinois. He was graduated from Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, in February 1860 and commenced practice at Kentland, Indiana, in July 1860. He was the first physician to locate in Kentland, Indiana in 1861 and practiced until 1862, when he was commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the 36th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, afterward promoted to be Surgeon, and continued until the close of the war, and was mustered out on October 8, 1865.

He served as a local health officer. He also served as secretary and later president of the pension examining board 1865-1907. He served as member of board of the hospital for the insane at Logansport, Indiana. He also served as a physician and surgeon for the Logansport division of the Pennsylvania Railroad for many years as well as for the Chicago and Cairo division of the New York Central Railroad from the time it was built until 1907.


Indiana State politics

He served as member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1872 to 1873.

National politics

Hatch was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897), serving Indiana's 10th congressional district. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. He returned to Kentland, Indiana, and resumed the practice of medicine.


He moved to Victoria, Texas, in 1907 and engaged in the real estate business. He died in Victoria, Texas on August 3, 1912 and was interred in Fair Lawn Cemetery, Kentland, Indiana.

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