Hiland Hall

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Hiland Hall
Hiland Hall.jpg
25th Governor of Vermont
In office
October 10, 1858 – October 12, 1860
Lieutenant Burnham Martin
Preceded by Ryland Fletcher
Succeeded by Erastus Fairbanks
Personal details
Born July 20, 1795
Bennington, Vermont
Died December 18, 1885 (aged 90)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dolly Tuttle Davis
Children Henry D. Hall, Laura Van Der Spiegle Hall Park
Profession Lawyer / Judge / Politician

Hiland Hall (July 20, 1795 – December 18, 1885) was an American, a lawyer, a judge, Governor of Vermont, and a United States Representative from Vermont.


Hall was born in Bennington, Vermont. He attended the common schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Bennington. He married Dolly Tuttle Davis on October 27, 1818, and they had seven children; son, M. Carter Hall; daughter, Eliza Davis Hall; son, Henry Davis Hall; son, Hiland Hubbard Hall; son, Nathaniel Blatchley Hall; daughter, Laura Van Der Spiegle Hall; son, John Van Der Spiegle Hall; son, Charles Hall.[1]

Laura Van Der Spiegle Hall was the wife of businessman and lawyer Trenor W. Park. Their daughter Eliza was the wife of Governor John G. McCullough.

Hiland Hall originally owned the land where the Park-McCullough Historic House now stands, and sold it to Trenor Park in the 1860s so Park could have a home constructed on it. The Park-McCullough House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.


Hall was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1827. He served as a clerk of Bennington County, Vermont in 1828 and 1829. He was the State’s attorney from 1828 to 1831.[2]

Hall was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jonathan Hunt. He was re-elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth through Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from January 1, 1833, to March 3, 1843.[3] While in Congress he served as chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-seventh Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

Hall served as the State Bank Commissioner from 1843 to 1846. He was judge of the Vermont Supreme Court 1846–1850. He was the Second Comptroller of the Treasury from November 27, 1850, to September 10, 1851. He served as United States land commissioner for California from 1851 to 1854 and then returned to Vermont.[4]

Hall was the 25th Governor of Vermont from 1858 to 1860. He was also a member of the Peace Conference of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war.[5]

Death and Legacy[edit]

Hall died in Springfield, Massachusetts and is interred at Bennington Center Cemetery.[6] The Hiland Hall School in Bennington is named for him.


  1. ^ "Hiland Hall". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hiland Hall". National Governors Association. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hiland Hall". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hiland Hall". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hiland Hall". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hiland Hall". Find A Grave. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 

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