Joshua Hill (politician)

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Joshua Hill
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United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
February 1, 1871 – March 4, 1873
Preceded by Alfred Iverson, Sr.
Succeeded by John B. Gordon
Personal details
Born (1812-01-10)January 10, 1812
Abbeville, South Carolina
Died March 6, 1891(1891-03-06) (aged 79)
Madison, Georgia
Political party Republican

Joshua Hill (January 10, 1812 – March 6, 1891) was a United States Senator from the State of Georgia. He was born in South Carolina but later moved to Georgia and became a lawyer. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Georgia in 1857 as a member of the American Party (also called the Know-Nothing Party). He was reelected in 1859. He resigned on January 23, 1861 while the other members of the state's delegation simply withdrew shortly after the state convention passed an ordinance of secession in Georgia. Following the end of the war, he was elected to the United States Senate from Georgia as a Republican in 1867. However, he did not serve in the Senate until 1871 when Georgia was readmitted to the United States. He served in the Senate until the end of his term in 1873 and did not run for reelection. He resumed the practice of law and died in Madison, Georgia. During the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman, a friend of Hill, did not burn Madison, Georgia on his "March to the Sea".

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel G. Foster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1857 – January 23, 1861
Succeeded by
American Civil War
United States Senate
Preceded by
vacant1
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Georgia
1871–1873
Served alongside: Homer V. M. Miller, Thomas M. Norwood
Succeeded by
John B. Gordon
Notes and references
1. Because of Georgia's secession from the Union in 1861, seat was vacant from 1861-1871 when Alfred Iverson, Sr. withdrew from the Senate.

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