Mark Langdon Hill

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Mark Langdon Hill was United States Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine. He was born in Biddeford (then a district of Massachusetts) on June 30, 1772. He attended the public schools, then became a merchant and shipbuilder in Phippsburg. He was an overseer and trustee of Bowdoin College. He is the nephew of John Langdon. NH governor, Senator and patriot.

Hill was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives,and served in the Massachusetts State Senate. He served as judge of the court of common pleas in 1810. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican from Massachusetts to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1819 – March 4, 1821). Hill and John Holmes were the two of the seven representatives from the district of Maine willing to vote for the Missouri compromise, which on a 90-87 vote allowed Maine to become a state at the cost of letting Missouri be a slave state. They were both strongly attacked in the Maine press for this compromise.

Hill was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth Congress from Maine after the state was admitted to the Union (March 4, 1821 – March 4, 1823). He was postmaster of Phippsburg 1819-1824. He was appointed as a collector of customs at Bath in 1824. Hill died in Phippsburg on November 26, 1842. His interment was in the churchyard of the Congregational Church in Phippsburg Center.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Orr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

(Maine district)
March 4, 1819 – March 4, 1821
Succeeded by
District moved to Maine
Preceded by
District moved from Massachusetts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1821 – March 4, 1823
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Herrick