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This Day in Georgia History

September 14, 1823

Benjamin H. Hill Born

Lawyer and politician Benjamin H. Hill was born in Jasper County, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1844, read law in Athens, and was admitted to the bar in 1845. Hill served a term in the Georgia House of Representatives (1851-52) and in the Georgia Senate (1959-60). After Georgia seceded, Hill served in the Confederate provisional congress and was a Confederate senator throughout the Civil War. After the war, Hill served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1875-76) and in the U.S. Senate from 1877 until his death on Aug. 16, 1882. In 1906, the General Assembly created a new county named in his honor.