Isaac Hill

Isaac Hill

Isaac Hill
United States Senator
from New Hampshire
In office
March 4, 1831 – May 30, 1836
Preceded by Levi Woodbury
Succeeded by John Page
16th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 2, 1836 – June 5, 1839
Preceded by William Badger
Succeeded by John Page
Personal details
Born April 6, 1789
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died March 22, 1851(1851-03-22) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic-Republican

Isaac Hill (April 6, 1789 – March 22, 1851) was an American politician and newspaper editor who served as a United States Senator and as Governor of New Hampshire.


  • Early life 1
  • Start of political career 2
  • United States Senator 3
  • Governor of New Hampshire 4
  • Later career 5
  • Death and burial 6
  • Legacy 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Hill was born on April 6, 1789 in West Cambridge, Massachusetts (now Belmont). He attended the schools of West Cambridge and Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He was then apprenticed to a printer in Amherst, New Hampshire.[1][2]

In 1809 Hill moved to Concord, New Hampshire, where he became owner and editor of the New Hampshire Patriot newspaper, which he operated until 1829.[3]

Hill was Clerk of the New Hampshire State Senate in 1819 and 1825.[4]

Start of political career

A Democratic-Republican, he served in the New Hampshire State Senate from 1820 to 1823 and 1827 to 1828. In 1826 he was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[5]

Hill supported Andrew Jackson for President in 1828. When Jackson was inaugurated, he appointed Hill as Second Comptroller of the United States Treasury, a position Hill held from 1829 to 1830. Hill became a Jackson confidant, and was considered a member of the Kitchen Cabinet.[6][7]

United States Senator

In 1831 Hill was elected to the United States Senate as a Jacksonian. He served from March 4, 1831 to May 30, 1836, when he resigned in anticipation of assuming the governorship.[8]

Governor of New Hampshire

Hill was elected Governor in 1836. He was reelected twice, and served from June 2, 1836 to June 5, 1839.[9]

Later career

From 1840 to 1841 Hill was Subtreasurer of the United States Treasury office in Boston, Massachusetts.[10] From 1840 to 1847 he was owner of another newspaper, Hill's New Hampshire Patriot, which was edited by his sons.[11]

Hill also became active in other ventures, including railroads, real estate and banking.[12][13]

Death and burial

He died on March 22, 1851 in Washington, D.C.,[14] and was buried at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.[15]


The town of Hill, New Hampshire is named for him.[16][17]


  1. ^ Benjamin Cutter, William Richard Cutter, History of the Town of Arlington, Massachusetts, 1880, page 260
  2. ^ Duane Hamilton Hurd, History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 3, 1890, page 694
  3. ^ The American Quarterly Register, History of Newspapers in New Hampshire, Volumes 12-13, November 1840, page 172
  4. ^ Lewis Publishing Company, Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Volume 4, 1908, page 1982
  5. ^ Nancy Capace, Encyclopedia of New Hampshire, 2001, page 422
  6. ^  Rines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Kitchen Cabinet".  
  7. ^ Terry Corps, The A to Z of the Jacksonian Era and Manifest Destiny, 2009, pages 157-158
  8. ^ Parke Godwin, The Cyclopaedia of Biography, 1880, page 150
  9. ^ Rumford Printing Company History of Bedford, New Hampshire, 1903, page 798
  10. ^ James Knox Polk, Correspondence of James K. Polk: 1842-1843, 1983, page 355
  11. ^ Lewis Publishing Company, Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, Volume 4, 1908, page 1982
  12. ^ John Ashworth, 'Agrarians' and 'Aristocrats': Party Political Ideology in the United States, 1837-1846, 1983, page 258
  13. ^ Nancy Coffey Heffernan, Ann Page Stecker, New Hampshire: Crosscurrents in its Development, 2004, page 123
  14. ^ Daniel Webster, The Papers of Daniel Webster: 1798-1824, 1986, page 219
  15. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 134
  16. ^ Town of Hill, New Hampshire, Home page, retrieved January 13, 2014
  17. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 156. 

External links

  • Isaac Hill at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • National Governors Association, Biography: Isaac Hill, retrieved January 13, 2014
  • Cyrus Parker Bradley, Biography of Isaac Hill, of New-Hampshire, 1835
  • Isaac Hill at Find a Grave, retrieved January 13, 2014
  • Isaac Hill at Political Graveyard, retrieved January 13, 2014
United States Senate
Preceded by
Levi Woodbury
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from New Hampshire
Served alongside: Samuel Bell, Henry Hubbard
Succeeded by
John Page
Political offices
Preceded by
William Badger
Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
John Page