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William David HILL

(1833-1906)

HILL, William David, a Representative from Ohio; born in Nelson County, Va., October 1, 1833; attended the country schools and Antioch College; moved to Springfield, Ohio, and published the Ohio Press in 1858; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Springfield, Ohio; mayor of Springfield 1861-1863; member of the State house of representatives 1866-1870; member of the Board of Education of Defiance, Ohio; superintendent of insurance 1875-1878; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880 and 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); elected to the Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Territories (Forty-ninth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Defiance, Ohio; moved to Kalispell, Mont., in 1891; returned to Defiance in 1896 and continued the practice of law; city solicitor of Defiance 1903-1905; died near Litchfield, Ill., while en route to Los Angeles, Calif., December 26, 1906; interment in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, Ohio.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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