William Dayton Hill was born in Phipsburg, December 14, 1824, and is a descendant of James McCobb, the earliest
permanent settler at Phipsburg Centre, and of the early Cushing and Philbrook families of Bath. His education was
in the public and special schools of his native town, to which he added, at a later date, that of commercial business,
in the counting room of D. C. Magoun, in Bath, and by private study. His first start in the business of life was
employment in the office of Magoun & Clapp, wholesale grocers, in 1849, as bookkeeper four years, when he engaged
for more compensation in doing the writing of the ship building firm of Hall & Snow, and returning, after the
close of his engagement for one year, to Magoun & Clapp; was appointed assistant cashier of the Commercial
Bank, becoming afterwards its cashier; then was assistant cashier of Bath City Bank, and its cashier eleven years,
and subsequently became cashier of Bath National Bank from 1865 to the time of his death, April 8, 1893.
November 9, 1847, Mr. Hill married Miss Cordelia Hill Morrison, daughter of Capt. Pierson Morrison, a wealthy ship
master and shipbuilder at Phipsburg. She was born April 11, 1828. They have had a family of eight children, of
whom there were four sons and four daughters, and there are living William Pierson, Silie Cushing, and Frederick
Dayton Hill. William Pierson married Kate H. Fisher, and Silie Cushing married Frank R. Mason. Frederick D. graduated
at the high school and Eastman Commercial College; was employed in the office of the Maine Central Railroad, and
succeeded his father as cashier of the Bath National Bank.
Mr. Hill was a member of the Solar Lodge of Masons, of Bath, for many years, and also of the Commandery, having
held some of the higher offices in each of these bodies. He was also a member of the Winter Street Church.
Mr. Hill met with success in life solely through his own merits and unaided exertions, having ever been eminently
true to his integrity and business responsibilities, of an irreproachable character, and was one of the most respected
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894
Sagadahoc County, ME
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