Samuel B. Hill

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Samuel B. Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 5th district
In office
September 25, 1923 – June 25, 1936
Preceded by J. Stanley Webster
Succeeded by Charles H. Leavy
Personal details
Born Samuel Billingsley Hill
(1875-04-02)April 2, 1875
Franklin, Arkansas
Died March 16, 1958(1958-03-16) (aged 82)
Bethesda, Maryland
Resting place Rock Creek Cemetery,
Washington, D.C.
Nationality  United States
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Arkansas Law
Profession Judge, Lawyer,

Samuel Billingsley Hill (April 2, 1875 – March 16, 1958), was a congressman from eastern Washington.

Born in Franklin, Arkansas, Hill attended the common schools, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and was graduated from its law department in 1898. While at the University of Arkansas, he was a member of Xi Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.[1]

Hill was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Danville, Arkansas. While living in Danville, the young hill served as Mayor [2] and was also Chairman of the Democrat Central Committee of Yell County, Arkansas. It was in Danville where Hill also began his pursuit of development of rural areas. In 1899, Hill, J.E. Wooten, and John McCarthy established the Danville Turnpike Company.

He moved west to Waterville in eastern Washington in 1904 and continued the practice of law. Hill served as prosecuting attorney of Douglas County 1907-1911, and served as judge of the superior court for Douglas and Grant Counties 1917-1924.

Hill was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of J. Stanley Webster. During his time in the House of Representatives, Hill advocated for the funding of the Grand Coulee Dam. He was called the "Political Father of the Grand Coulee Project" by the Wenatchee Dispatch.[3]

He was reelected to the Sixty-ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from September 25, 1923, until his resignation, effective June 25, 1936, having been confirmed as a member of the United States Board of Tax Appeals (now the United States Tax Court) on May 21, 1936, serving as a judge on the court until his retirement November 30, 1953. He died in Bethesda, Maryland, March 16, 1958. He was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.


  1. ^ Xi Chapter: Century of Tradition at the University of Arkansas
  2. ^ Arkansas Democrat, November 20, 1902.
  3. ^ Wenatchee Dispatch, August 4, 1934.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Stanley Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles H. Leavy