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Isaac Hill
New Hampshire

Gov. Isaac Hill

  • June 2, 1836 - June 5, 1839
  • Democratic
  • May 6, 1788
  • March 22, 1851
  • Massachusetts
  • Married Susanna Ayer; four children
  • Senator


ISAAC HILL, the twenty-fourth governor of New Hampshire, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 6, 1788. His education was limited and attained in the common schools of his native state. At the age of fourteen, he went to work as an apprentice in the printing trade, and eventually became the owner and editor of the New Hampshire Patriot. Hill first entered politics as clerk of the New Hampshire State Senate, a position he held in 1819 and 1825. He served as a member of the New Hampshire State Senate from 1820 to 1823 and 1827 to 1828; and was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1826. He also was the second comptroller of the U.S. treasury from 1829 to 1830; and served as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1831 to 1836. Hill next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1836. He was reelected to a second term in 1837, as well as to a third term in 1838. During his tenure, the state’s railroads were improved; and the preservation of state documents was endorsed. After leaving the governorship, Hill continued to stay active in politics. From 1840 to 1841 he served as the U.S. subtreasurer at Boston. Afterwards he returned to his various publishing interests, as well as becoming involved in the real estate and banking industries. Governor Isaac Hill died in Washington, D.C., and was buried in the Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.


Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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