Biography of Henry Hill


Hill, Henry Wayland, Buffalo, lawyer, was born at Isle La Motte, Grand Isle County, Vt., November 13, 1853. His parents, Hon. Dyer Hill and Martha P. (Hall) Hill, were members of well known New England families. After preparing for college in the schools of his native State, he entered the ljniversity of Vermont in 1872, and was graduated therefrom in 1876, as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and with the degree A. B.; and in 1881 his alma mater also conferred upon him the degree A. M. From 1877 to 1879 he was principal of the Swanton (Vt.) Academy and from 1879 to 1883 of the Chateaugay (N. Y.) Academy. In these institutions he fitted several classes for college. While so engaged, he also pursued his law studies and was admitted to the bar at Albany, N. Y., in January, 1884. He entered upon the practice of his profession at Buffalo. N. Y.. in May, 1884, in partnership with Edward W. Andrews, esq., under the firm name of Andrews & Hill, which continued until the death of Mr. Andrews in May, 1896. The firm had an extensive criminal practice. In 1893 Mr. Hill was nominated by the Republicans of the Thirty-first Senatorial District and elected to the New York Constitutional Convention of 1894, where he served on the Educational, Suffrage and Civil Service Committees. He took a prominent part in the deliberations of that Convention and was successful in securing a constitutional amendment, providing for general canal improvement. The importance of this to the commercial interests of Buffalo, as well as to those of the entire State, was second only to that of the original provisions, which prepared the way for the construction of the State's system of internal waterways. In 1895, 1896 and 1897 he was nominated by the Republicans of the Second Erie District for member of assembly and was elected each time by the largest plurality of any assemblyman in the State. The official journal shows him to have been one of the most successful legislators that ever represented Erie County in the State Legislature. He passed a score or more bills at each session and never took the floor without carrying the Assembly with him. Among the important bills, which he introduced and passed, was that establishing the Buffalo Free Public Library and the bill appropriating $375,000 for the 74th Regiment Armory in Buffalo. Mr. Hill is one of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo Historical Society and for several years was its Recording Secretary. He is also a member of the University Club of Buffalo and the Buffalo Republican League and the New York State Bar Association. In addition to his professional and his legislative duties he has done some literary work. In 1886 he was married to Miss Harriet A. Smith, daughter of Francis Smith, Esq., of Swanton, Vermont. His law office is at No. 298 Main Street, Buffalo. N. Y., where he is engaged in the active practice of his profession.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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