James Hillhouse (* October 20, 1754 in Montville, Connecticut, † December 29 1832 in New Haven, Connecticut ) was an American politician ( Federalist Party), who represented the state of Connecticut in both chambers of Congress.
James Hillhouse was raised by his uncle and his aunt who had remained childless and adopted him. He graduated at Yale College in 1773 and was accepted after a successful law degree in 1775 in the Bar Association. His work as a lawyer in New Haven, he had caused interrupted by the War of Independence. Hill House struggled with the rank of Captain in the Governor's Foot Guards of the militia when New Haven was occupied by the British.
After his military service, Hill House embarked on a political career. From 1780 to 1785 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Connecticut. In the years 1786 and 1788, he was appointed Delegate to the Continental Congress, but declined each from. On 4 March 1791, he went as a delegate to a Connecticut House of Representatives of the United States, where he would have originally remained after two re-election until 1797; However, he laid down his mandate in the fall of 1796, to enter the U.S. Senate. There Hillhouse took the place of the retiring Oliver Ellsworth. He was confirmed in office three times before he left on his own request to Congress on June 10, 1810. During his time in the Senate he was also at times its president pro tempore.
Hill House was not only politically active. So he practiced from 1782 to 1832 the office of treasurer ( CFO ) at Yale College from. He was also involved in urban planning and was responsible for ensuring that those in New Haven elms were planted, brought in the the city its nickname Elm City (City of elms ). In this city, where he died in 1832, a road ( Hillhouse Avenue ) and the James Hillhouse High School were named after him in his honor.