Philo Hall was born in Wilton Township, Waseca County, Minnesota on December 31, 1865. He attended the local schools, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1887.
He served in the South Dakota State Senate from 1901 to 1903, and served as South Dakota Attorney General from 1902 through 1906.
In 1906 Hall was elected to Seat A, one of South Dakota's two at-large seats in the U.S. House, and he served one term, March 4, 1907 to March 3, 1909. He did not win renomination for a second term in 1908, and returned to the practice of the law.
Hall died in Brookings on October 7, 1938. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings.
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