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