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Benjamin Clark HILLIARD

(1868-1951)

HILLIARD, Benjamin Clark, a Representative from Colorado; born near Osceola, Clarke County, Iowa, January 9, 1868; attended the public schools of Iowa and Kansas; taught school in Kansas; was graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1891; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Kansas City, Mo.; moved to Denver, Colo., in 1893; city attorney of Highlands, Colo., in 1896 and 1897; county attorney of Elbert County, Colo., 1897-1907; county attorney of Grand County 1909-1913; member of the State house of representatives in 1902; member of the Denver Board of Education 1900-1902, 1904-1909, and 1913-1917; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919); was not a candidate for renomination in 1918; resumed the practice of law; elected justice of the supreme court of Colorado in 1930 and served as chief justice in 1939 and 1940; reelected in 1940 and again in 1950; again became chief justice in January 1949; died in Denver, Colo., August 7, 1951; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

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

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