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CHARLES E. HILL, STAMFORD: Retired Merchant.
Charles Edwin Hill was born in Great Falls, Strafford County, New Hampshire, Feb. 27, 1827, and was educated in the public schools. When a child he lived in York County, Maine, and his youth and early manhood were spent there in woolen manufacturing. He begun business on his own account in the city of Philadelphia in connection with United States ex-Senator Chase of Rhode Island, as a dry-goods commission merchant. Subsequently he entered the China trade in New York city, and for twenty years, including the war period, was at the head of a large business in teas and other China products, during which time he was a stockholder and director in various banking, transportation, and manufacturing corporations. In 1880 at the instance of the Chamber of Commerce of New York, he was appointed chief special agent of the United States census bureau to gather the statistics of the manufacturing industries of that city and continued in that great work for over two years. In 1876 he came to this state and settled in Stamford. He has been a frequent contributor to the press on topics of political and social importance. In religion Mr. Hill is a Quaker, still adhering to the fundamental doctrines of that sect, though worshiping with other Christian denominations, chiefly with Methodists.
|| In politics, from the inception of the republican party till the present time, an unflinching devotee of its principles and an earnest worker for its success. He was elected a member of the lower house of the Connecticut legislature for 1889, and served as chairman of the insurance committee on the part of the house, and also as a member of the committee on education. His term of service was notable for the active part he took in the stirring debates of that session. He made notable speeches on the petition of the Housatonic Railroad for authority to build a parallel railroad from New York to New Haven, upon the resolution granting commutation of death sentence to John H. Swift, upon the resolutions in honor of John Bright, and took an active part in the movement to secure the act which made it possible for the policy-holders of the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company to defeat the designs of McFarland of Philadelphia, which he regards as one of the most important legislative acts of the session, carried as it was, over the veto of the executive.
Mr. Hill was mentioned in connection with the republican candidacy for lieutenant-governor in 1890, but would not allow the use of his name. His career has been one of activity and honor, and he retains the good will and esteem of a large number of citizens of the state.
Source: Illustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn. Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company
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