Henry Washington Hilliard

Henry Washington Hilliard (* August 4, 1808 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, † December 17, 1892 in Atlanta, Georgia) was an American lawyer and politician.


Henry Hilliard graduated in 1826 at South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia. He studied law. Then he moved to Athens (Georgia ), where he was admitted to the bar in 1829. Hilliard was from 1831 until his resignation in 1834 professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He then moved to Montgomery ( Alabama), where he pursued his activities as a lawyer again.

Hilliard also pursued a political career. He was 1836-1838 Member of the House of Representatives from Alabama. Then he took in 1839 as a delegate part in the Whig National Convention in Harrisburg ( Pennsylvania). In the following year he went to as a presidential elector for the Whig party. Hilliard ran unsuccessfully in 1840 for a seat on the 27th U.S. Congress. Then he held from 12 May 1842 to 15 August 1844, the position as Chargé d' Affaires in Belgium. After his return to the United States, he was elected as a Whig to the 29th U.S. Congress and reelected to the two succeeding U.S. Congresses. Hilliard decided against running for the 32th U.S. Congress. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives on 4 March 1845 to 3 March 1851. After that he joined in 1856 as a presidential elector for the National American Party to.

During the Civil War he served as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. Hilliard moved in 1865 to Augusta ( Georgia), where he pursued his activities as a lawyer again. He was appointed by Jefferson Davis to the Confederate Commissioner of Tennessee.

Hilliard ran unsuccessfully in 1876 as a Republican for a seat on the 45th U.S. Congress. Then he went to Augusta back to his work as a lawyer after, but later moved to Atlanta. Hilliard was 1877-1881 served as ambassador to Brazil. He died in 1892 in Atlanta; His body was transferred to Montgomery, where he was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery.