Isaac Hill

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Isaac Hill
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1831 – May 30, 1836
Preceded by Levi Woodbury
Succeeded by John Page
16th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 2, 1836 – June 5, 1839
Preceded by William Badger
Succeeded by John Page
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
Personal details
Born April 6, 1789
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died March 22, 1851(1851-03-22) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic-Republican

Isaac Hill (April 6, 1789 – March 22, 1851) was an American politician and newspaper editor who served as a United States Senator and as Governor of New Hampshire. He was a member of the Democratic Party and supported the policies of President Andrew Jackson.

Early life[edit]

Hill was born on April 6, 1789 in West Cambridge, Massachusetts (now Belmont). He attended the schools of West Cambridge and Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He was then apprenticed to a printer in Amherst, New Hampshire.[1][2]

In 1809 Hill moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where he became owner and editor of the New Hampshire Patriot newspaper, which he operated until 1829.[3]

Hill was Clerk of the New Hampshire State Senate in 1819 and 1825.[4]

Start of political career[edit]

A Democratic-Republican, he served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1820 to 1823 and 1827 to 1828. In 1826 he was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[5]

Hill supported Andrew Jackson for President in 1828. When Jackson was inaugurated, he appointed Hill as Second Comptroller of the United States Treasury, a position Hill held from 1829 to 1830. Hill became a Jackson confidant, and was considered a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, a group of unofficial advisors who played a major role in shaping the administration's policy.[6][7]

United States Senator[edit]

In 1831 Hill was elected to the United States Senate as a Jacksonian. He served from March 4, 1831 to May 30, 1836, when he resigned in anticipation of assuming the governorship.[8]

Governor of New Hampshire[edit]

Hill was elected Governor in 1836. He was reelected twice, and served from June 2, 1836 to June 5, 1839.[9]

Later career[edit]

From 1840 to 1841 Hill was Subtreasurer of the United States Treasury office in Boston, Massachusetts.[10] From 1840 to 1847 he was owner of another newspaper, Hill's New Hampshire Patriot, which was edited by his sons.[11]

Hill also became active in other ventures, including railroads, real estate and banking.[12][13]

Death and burial[edit]

He died on March 22, 1851 in Washington, D.C.,[14] and was buried at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.[15]


The town of Hill, New Hampshire is named for him.[16][17]


  1. ^ Benjamin Cutter, William Richard Cutter, History of the Town of Arlington, Massachusetts, 1880, page 260
  2. ^ Duane Hamilton Hurd, History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 3, 1890, page 694
  3. ^ The American Quarterly Register, History of Newspapers in New Hampshire, Volumes 12-13, November 1840, page 172
  4. ^ Lewis Publishing Company, Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Volume 4, 1908, page 1982
  5. ^ Nancy Capace, Encyclopedia of New Hampshire, 2001, page 422
  6. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Kitchen Cabinet". Encyclopedia Americana. 
  7. ^ Terry Corps, The A to Z of the Jacksonian Era and Manifest Destiny, 2009, pages 157-158
  8. ^ Parke Godwin, The Cyclopaedia of Biography, 1880, page 150
  9. ^ Rumford Printing Company History of Bedford, New Hampshire, 1903, page 798
  10. ^ James Knox Polk, Correspondence of James K. Polk: 1842-1843, 1983, page 355
  11. ^ Lewis Publishing Company, Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Volume 4, 1908, page 1982
  12. ^ John Ashworth, 'Agrarians' and 'Aristocrats': Party Political Ideology in the United States, 1837-1846, 1983, page 258
  13. ^ Nancy Coffey Heffernan, Ann Page Stecker, New Hampshire: Crosscurrents in its Development, 2004, page 123
  14. ^ Daniel Webster, The Papers of Daniel Webster: 1798-1824, 1986, page 219
  15. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 134
  16. ^ Town of Hill, New Hampshire, Home page, retrieved January 13, 2014
  17. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 156. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Levi Woodbury
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire
Served alongside: Samuel Bell, Henry Hubbard
Succeeded by
John Page
Political offices
Preceded by
William Badger
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
John Page