Biography of Lewis S. Hills
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LEWIS SAMUEL HILLS
Lewis S. Hills was born March 8, 1836, at South Amherst, Massachusetts. He is a son of Lewis Hills, a farmer, and of Rhoda Thayer Hills Mr Hills was educated in the public and high schools of Springfield, Massachusetts, and came to Salt Lake City, July 27th, 1862.

On May 1, 1869, associated with the late Capt. Wm. H. Hooper and the late Horace S. Eldredge, he started the private bank of Hooper, Eldredge S Co., with $40,000 capital. This firm was incorporated under the National Bank Act, in 1872, as the Deseret National Bank, and Mr. Hills became cashier, occupying that position until January, 1892, when he became president, and has occupied that office since that date.

The name of Lewis S. Hills is an honored and respected one throughout the entire inter-mountain region. No man has been more conscientious and honest in his endeavors to build up this beautiful country, nor has any one man accomplished more to that end, than has Mr. Hills. As president of one of the strongest financial institutions in the Western country, the Deseret National Bank, he has for a period of years come in contact with and been financial adviser of countless thousands of persons who have reason to feel indebted to him for his assistance and kindly suggestions as to their welfare. In depression, as well as in good times, Mr. Hills has always been found to be a guiding spirit for many who might have failed but for his good offices and sound advice and judgment. Mr. Hills has many and diversified interests, as he is also a director of the Deseret Savings Bank; the Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution; the Consolidated Wagon and Machine Company; the Home Fire Insurance Company; Beneficial Life Insurance Company; the Utah Fire Clay Company; the Nephi Plaster Company; the First National Bank of Ogden; First National Bank of Murray; Nephi National Bank; Thatcher Brothers' Bank of Logan; Davis County Bank, Farmington; Barnes Banking Company, Maysville; shareholder in the Oregon Lumber Company, Amalgamated Sugar Company, Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, First National Bank of Montpelier, Ltd., Wells Fargo Express Company, San Francisco, Southern Trust Company of Los Angeles, Evanston National Bank, Manti City Savings Bank Company.

Mr. Hills has held the office of registrar of the United States Land Office at Council Bluffs, Iowa; was the first receiver of United States Land Office at Salt Lake City; served two terms in the city council of Salt Lake City; and treasurer of the University of Utah and several corporations with which he was connected. He is a member of the Alta Club, Automobile Club of Salt Lake City, Reform Club of New York City, and Free Trade League of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Hills was married to Theresa Burton, October 17, 1866, and to them have been born six children; namely, Lewis B., Maria T., Edgar S., Eugene R., Herbert T. (deceased), and Harold H. Mr. Hills resides at 425 East First South Street, Salt Lake City.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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