Benjamin C. Hilliard

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Benjamin C. Hilliard

Benjamin Clark Hilliard (January 9, 1868 – August 7, 1951) was a U.S. Representative from Colorado, and a two-time chief justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado.

Born near Osceola, Iowa, Hilliard attended the public schools of Iowa and Kansas. He taught school in Kansas. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1891. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1893. He served as city attorney of Highlands, Colorado, in 1896 and 1897, as county attorney of Elbert County, Colorado from 1897 to 1907, and as county attorney of Grand County, Colorado 1909-1913. He served as member of the Colorado House of Representatives in 1902. He served as member of the Denver Board of Education 1900-1902 from 1904 to 1909, and 1913-1917.

Hilliard was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1919). On April 5, 1917, he voted against declaring war on Germany. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1918. He resumed the practice of law.

Hilliard was elected justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado in 1930 and served as chief justice in 1939 and 1940. He was reelected in 1940 and again in 1950. He again became chief justice in January 1949. He died in Denver, Colorado, August 7, 1951. He was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Kindel
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919
Succeeded by
William N. Vaile