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HILL, Isaac, senator, born in Charlestown (now Somerville). Mass., 6 April, 1788; died in Washington, D. C., 22 March, 1851. He was seventh in descent from Abraham Hill, who came from England in 1636. His parents removed to Ashburnham, Massachusetts, and at the age of fourteen he was placed in the printing-office of the Amherst, New Hampshire, "Cabinet." In 1809 he went to Concord, New Hampshire, purchased the "American Patriot," whose name he changed to "New Hampshire Patriot," and made it an organ of the Republican (afterward Democratic) party. The ablest men of the party contributed to its columns, and it had great influence for twenty years. He labored in behalf of the manufactures of New England, and later favored the building of railroads, taking issue with one branch of his party on questions arising from their extension. After serving in both branches of the New Hampshire legislature he was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States senate in 1828, and was second comptroller of the treasury, from 1829 till 1830, when he was elected United States senator. He resigned this office in 1836 to become governor of his state, and served till 1839. He was United States sub-treasurer at Boston in 1840-'1, and in the former year, with his two oldest sons, established "Hill's New Hampshire Patriot," which they published and edited till 1847. He also issued the "Farmer's Monthly Visitor" for the last fifteen years of his life. His biography, with a collection of his speeches and miscellaneous writings, was published (Concord, New Hampshire, 1835).--His son, John McClary, journalist, born in Concord, New Hampshire, 5 November, 1821, aided his father in the publication of " Hill's New Hampshire Patriot" till 1847, when it was merged in the "New Hampshire Patriot," with which journal he was also connected till 1853, and again in 1868-'73. In 1884 he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of New Hampshire.
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