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HILL, David Bennett, governor of New York, born in Havana, Chemung (now Schuyler) County, New York, 29 August, 1843. He was educated in the common schools anti at the academy of his native place, and became a clerk in a lawyer's office in Havana, but in 1863 went to Elmira, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1864. He was appointed in that year city attorney, and became actively interested in politics. He has been many times a delegate to Democratic state conventions since 1868, was president of those that were held in 1877 and 1881, and was also a delegate to the National conventions of 1876 and 1884. In 1870 and 1871 he was chosen to the legislature. In 1882 he was elected mayor of Elmira. In November of the same year he was elected lieutenant-governor of New York. On the resignation of Governor Cleveland in 1884, Mr. Hill became governor of the state. In 1885 he was elected governor for the full term of three years.
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