>>>———>Benjamin Harvey Hill, one of the first to proclaim the New South industrial rather than agricultural, was born at Hillsborough, Jasper County, Sept. 14, 1823. Reared on a farm at Long Lane, Troup County, graduated with first honors at the University of Georgia and married to Miss Catherine Holt of Athens, he came to LaGrange to practice law. He was elected to the legislature on the Whig ticket in 1851. With Alex. H. Stephens, Herschel V. Johnson and others, Senator Hill opposed secession but became one of the foremost champions of the cause of the Confederacy. A member of the Confederate provisional congress and the Confederate Senate, he was regarded as the ablest supporter of the policies of Jefferson Davis. Arrested but soon paroled after the surrender, Senator Hill, "foremost orator of the state," resumed his activities in politics and vigorously opposed the Reconstruction Acts of Congress. With Senator John B. Gordon he prevailed on President Hayes to remove Federal troops from the South. After serving in Congress he was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1877 and served until his death, August 16, 1882. Senator Hill's home, Bellevue, built in 1854-1855, was acquired by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and presented to the LaGrange Woman's Club.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||Georgia Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 2:53pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 683062 N 3657593|
|Decimal Degrees||33.04148333, -85.03958333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 2.489', W 85° 2.375'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 2' 29.34" N, 85° 2' 22.50" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||706, 770|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 200-298 W McLendon Cir, LaGrange GA 30240, US|
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