Richard H. “Dick” Hamilton
Richard H. Hamilton was born August 28, 1944, to John H. and Lola Landers Hamilton. He is a fourth-generation cattle rancher, descending from a long line of cowmen dating back to the 17th century in Virginia. Richard learned ranching skills working alongside his grandfather Charles B. Hamilton and his father, John H. Hamilton, who is also being inducted into the WCHF this year. At 10 years of age Richard was allowed to stay with the cattle and summer rider in the mountains until forced to return home to the hay fields where he drove a horse drawn sulky rake. Richard spent his whole life on the ranch in southwest Wyoming except for years spent at Sheridan Junior College, at the University of Wyoming (graduate), and in military service. After college Richard returned home and ranched with his father. In 1972 he and his wife Carol, also from local pioneer stock, bought the ranch from his parents. With improvements the ranch currently carries 650 mother cows and 600-1,000 yearlings, and numerous horses. He credits his success to the countless hours and miles spent in the saddle.