Henry W. Hill

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Henry W. Hill (1902)

Henry Wayland Hill (November 13, 1853 – December 6, 1929) was an American lawyer, writer and politician from New York.


He was born on November 13, 1853, in Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County, Vermont, the son of Dyer Hill, a member of the Vermont Legislature in 1849 and 1850, and Martha P. (Hall) Hill. He attended the common schools and worked on his father's farm. He graduated A.B. from the University of Vermont in 1876, and then taught school. He was Principal of Swanton Academy from 1877 to 1879; and of the Academy and Union School at Chateaugay, New York from 1879 to 1883.[1]

On August 11, 1880, he married Harriet A. Smith (1858–1939). In 1881, he received the degree of Master of Arts from Vermont University. While teaching, he also studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1884, and practiced in Buffalo, New York.

Hill was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1894;[2] and a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 2nd D.) in 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899 and 1900. In 1900, the University of Vermont conferred on him the degree of LL.D.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1901 to 1910, sitting in the 124th, 125th, 126th, 127th, 128th, 129th (all six 47th D.), 130th, 131st, 132nd and 133rd New York State Legislatures (all four 48th D.).[3]

He was President of the Buffalo Historical Society from 1910 until his death; and in 1923 edited Municipality of Buffalo, New York: A History, 1720–1923.

He died on December 6, 1929, in Buffalo, New York, of a heart attack after a long illness; and was buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Swanton, Vermont.[4]


  1. ^ The New York Red Book compiled by Edgar L. Murlin (published by James B. Lyon, Albany NY, 1897; pg. 219ff)
  2. ^ Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York 1894 (Albany, 1895; pg. 14)
  3. ^ Official New York from Cleveland to Hughes by Charles Elliott Fitch (Hurd Publishing Co., New York and Buffalo, 1911, Vol. IV; pg. 335, 337f, 340, 342 and 365ff)
  4. ^ HENRY WAYLAND HILL; Former State Senator Dies in Buffalo at Age of 76 in NYT on December 7, 1929 (subscription required)

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Simon Seibert
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Edward R. O'Malley
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William F. Mackey
New York State Senate
47th District

Succeeded by
Stanislaus P. Franchot
Preceded by
Louis Fechter, Sr.
New York State Senate
48th District

Succeeded by
Frank M. Loomis