HILL, David Bennett (1843-1910)
Senate Years of Service: 1892-1897

HILL, DAVID BENNETT, a Senator from New York; born in Havana (now Montour Falls), Chemung (now Schuyler) County, N.Y., August 29, 1843; attended the public schools; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1864 and commenced practice in Elmira, N.Y.; city attorney the same year; member, State assembly 1871-1872, serving as speaker in 1872; mayor of Elmira 1882; president of the New York State Bar Association 1886-1887; lieutenant governor 1882; Governor of New York 1885-1892; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on January 1, 1891, for the term beginning March 4, 1891, but did not assume these duties until later, preferring to continue as Governor; served from January 7, 1892, to March 3, 1897; was not a candidate for reelection in 1896; chairman, Committee on Immigration (Fifty-third Congress); while Senator was nominated for Governor of New York in 1894 but was defeated; resumed the practice of law; died in Albany, N.Y., October 20, 1910; interment in Montour Cemetery, Montour Falls, N.Y.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In William McMurtrie Speer papers, 1880-1936; and Lenore Marshall papers, 1887-1980.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Correspondence in John B. Stoll papers, 1854-1926.

New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1886-1910. 1.5 linear feet. Political correspondence, chiefly letters to Hill, gubernatorial papers and legal briefs. Includes engravings of Hill. Finding aid.

New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: In governor's factory inspector appointment files, 1885-1890; and appointment correspondence files, 1883-1936.

New York State Historical Association
Cooperstown, NY
Papers: Typescript copy of biography (no date) of Hill in Alexander C. Flick papers.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1872-1920. 15 boxes, 2 packages. Chiefly political correspondence (1892-1920), almost exclusively letters to Hill; gubernatorial papers; and legal cases (1892-1907).
Additional Papers: In Albert D. Shaw papers, 1830-1920; George Stephenson Bixby papers, 1872-1935; William Gorham Rice papers, 1841-1937; and Louis M. Antisdale political correspondence, 1902-1922.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1894. 1 item.

State University of New York
Buffalo, NY
Papers: 1879-1910. 10 letters. From the Lockwood collection.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1877-1910. 5 feet. Chiefly incoming political letters (1885-1910) and legal documents. Letters of Hill date from 1877 to 1905. Also in W.J. Arkell collection, 1881-1894.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; and University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Alexander, De Alva Stanwood. Four Famous New Yorkers: The Political Careers of Cleveland, Platt, Hill, and Roosevelt, Forming Volume Four of the Political History of the State of New York, 1882-1905. 1923. Reprint. Port Washington, NY: I.J. Friedman, 1969.
  • Bass, Herbert J. "David B. Hill and the `Steal of the Senate,' 1891.'' New York History 41 (July 1960): 299-311.
  • ___. `I Am A Democrat': The Political Career of David Bennett Hill. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1961.