Lawyer and politician Benjamin Hill was born in Jasper County, Georgia on September 14, 1823. 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 delivered a speech before the UGA Alumni Society called for a New South. Hill went on to serve 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.