He was born in Prescott and was educated in local schools there and in Toronto. Hilliard was a timber merchant in Pakenham. He married Jane Dickson, the sister of his partner, William Dickson. He supported the prohibition of alcohol. Hilliard died in office in 1888.
- The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1887 JA Gemmill
- Member's parliamentary history for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
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