John Hill (New Jersey politician)

John Hill ( born June 10, 1821 in Catskill, Greene County, New York, † July 24, 1884 in Boonton, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1867 and 1873, and again from 1881 to 1883, he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Hill attended private schools. He then worked as a bank clerk and as an accountant in his home town of Catskill. In 1845 he moved to Boonton, New Jersey. There he worked as an accountant and as a paymaster and later also in the commercial again. Between November 1849 and May 1853 Hill was postmaster in Boonton. Politically, he joined the Republican Party, founded in 1854. Between 1852 and 1856, and again from 1863 to 1867 he sat on the city council of Boonton. From 1856 to 1861 he was also a Justice of the Peace. In the years 1861, 1862 and 1866 John Hill of the New Jersey General Assembly belonged to, which he was president in 1866. In 1862 he ran unsuccessfully for the Senate from New Jersey. Hill was a strong supporter of the Union. At the beginning of the Civil War he was involved in the formation of military units for the army of the Union.

In the congressional elections of 1866, Hill was in the fourth electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Andrew J. Rogers on March 4, 1867. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 three legislative periods. Since 1865, the work of the Congress of the conflict between the Republican Party and President Andrew Johnson was marked, culminating in a narrowly failed impeachment. From 1871 to 1873 Hill was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Interior. During his time as a congressman of the 14th and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.

After the end of his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives until 1876 Hill was again engaged in trade. After he retired from active working life, but remained active as a politician. Already in 1868 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, was nominated to the General Ulysses S. Grant as a presidential candidate. From 1875 to 1877 Hill was a member of the New Jersey Senate. In the congressional elections of 1880 he was elected again to Congress in the fifth district of his state, where he became the successor of Charles H. Voorhis on March 4, 1881. Since he resigned in 1882 to run again, he could spend another term in Congress until March 3, 1883.

John Hill died on July 24, 1884 in Boonton, where he was also buried.