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Hanham, James Moore

James Moore Hanham was born in Woodville, Mississippi on January 4, 1840.  He fought on the side of the North during the Civil War and was promoted to major in the U.S. Army.  He saw action at Fort Pickens and Baton Rouge.  After the Civil War, he moved to Manhattan.  In 1885, he took 2nd place at the 7th Manhattan Chess Club championship.  In 1885, he took 2nd in the 8th Manhattan Chess Club championship.  In 1888, he tied for 2nd-3rd in the 1st United States Chess Association tournament in Cincinnati, won by Showalter.  In 1891, he won the New York State Chess Association championship.  He died on December 30, 1923 in Manhattan.  At his death at age 84, he was the oldest chessplayer of master rank in the United States.

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