Hill, John Wilson

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John Wilson Hill, lawyer;

born in: Ottawa, Illinois, on May 9, 1857;

son of: Isaac Hill and Sarah A. Hill, nee: Sarah A. Wilson

descendant of Joseph W. Hill, Malden, Massachusetts, 1638;

education: public schools of Ohlman, Illinois, and Frankfort, Michigan, and 1 year at Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, Michigan;

married: Ida E. Hill, nee: Ida E. Watson, of Frankfort, Michigan, on September 28, 1878;

son, Roy Wilson Hill.

As a young man was connected with the lumbering business in various positions from the tree to the market;

taught school several years;

later in confidential capacity with large lumbering concern;

on failure of the company, caused by heavy losses by fires, was appointed trustee by creditors to close up the business,and while so engaged, studied law;

admitted to Michigan bar, 1890;

came to Chicago, in February, 1891, and was associated with brother, Lysander Hill, in practice until January, 1898;

now member of firm of Hill & Hill, his son, Roy Wilson Hill is a partner.


Elected to Illinois General Assembly, from 6th District, 1904, re-elected, 1905-7;

was chairman of committee to investigate the state institutions, 45th General Assembly (1907-1909);

originated present law for conduct of institutions by central board of control.

Episcopalian; vestryman Chair of Our Savior.

Member: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R.), Founders and Patriots of America.

Mason, 33rd degree, [[wikipedia:Knights Templar (Freemasonry)}Knights Templar (K.T.)]], Shriner, Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.).

Clubs: Chicago Athletic Club, Edgewater Golf Club. Compiled Centennial Class Record of the class in Masonry that took 33d Degree in Boston, 1900.

Contributor to legal journals

Recreation: golf.

Office: 1463 [[wikipedia:Monadnock Building|Monadnock Building}.

Home: 1121 W. Columbia Avenue, Rogers Park

Source: Book of Chicagoans, 1917.