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HILLIS, David, lieutenant-governor of Indiana, born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1789; died to Bourbon county, Kentucky, in 1791, was self-educated, and in 1808 removed to the new settlements in Jefferson county, Indiana, where he engaged in farming and surveying, and served for several years as government surveyor. Early in 1812 he was active in raising a company of 100 men, and was commissioned 1st lieutenant. He was made captain in 1814, and in 1815 became colonel of militia. Soon after the organization of the state government in 1816, he was elected an associate judge of the circuit court, and in 1818 was chosen to the legislature, serving by successive annual re-elections, with one exception, till 1830. In 1831 and 1835 he was elected to the state senate, and in 1836-'40 was lieutenant-governor. In 1840 he was a commissioner to treat with the Indians, and from 1841 till his death served again in the legislature. Governor Hillis was one of the most energetic and influential men in Indiana, and did much to develop internal improvements in that state.--His son, David B., was colonel of the 17th Iowa, regiment in the civil war, and received the brevet of brigadier-general of volunteers.
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