Biography of Herbert M. Hill
Erie County, NY Biographies


Hill, Herbert M., Buffalo, is one of the best known theoretical and practical chemists in the country. He was born at Burr's Mills, Jefferson county. N. Y., May 19, 1856. His early education was obtained in the district schools of his native town and in the grammar and high schools at Watertown. N. Y. This thorough preliminary course did much towards fitting him for his present work. He was graduated from Hamilton College in June, 1879, with the degree of A. B. ; the last two years of his college course he was assistant in charge of the chemical laboratory at the college. In 1879-80 he took a post graduate course at Hamilton in chemistry and mineralogy. In 1880 Dr. Hill was sent to Minnesota by eastern capitalists to prospect for iron; this trip resulted in tbe establishing of mines at Tower in Northern Minnesota. Upon his return he was appointed professor of natural sciences and mathematics in the High School at Watertown, which office he filled for eight years. In 1889 he accepted the professorship of chemistry and toxicology in the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, since which time he has resided in Buffalo. He is also professor of general and analytical chemistry in the Buffalo College of Pharmacy. From 1885 to 1889 he was chemist to the State Dairy Commission, and now ably fills the position of city chemist He is consulting chemist for numerous chemical and manufacturing establishments and has figured as an expert in a number of important criminal cases. Dr. Hill has been twice honored by his alma mater, in 1882 receiving his degree of Master of Arts and in 1890 that of Doctor of Philosophy. June 1, 1880, he married Amanda Elizabeth Isdell of Watertown, N. Y.

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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