Scope and Contents
The Ebenezer J. Hill Papers consist of correspondence, bills, research materials, and topical files which document the political career of Ebenezer J. Hill, a Connecticut congressman from 1895-1913 and 1915-1917. Span dates for the papers are 1884-1911, with the bulk of material dating from 1895-1911.
The papers are arranged in two series. SERIES I, Correspondence, 1884-1911 contains letters to and from constituents on a variety of topics including: requests for publications, political appointments, and favors. Other frequent topics are: military pensions, banking issues, currency matters, pending legislation, and the subject of U.S. Post Office positions (postmasters) within Hill's congressional district. Prior to 1900, only letters to Hill are available in the papers. After 1900, however, carbon copies of replies often remain with incoming letters.
SERIES II, Topical Files, 1900-1907, consists of correspondence, notes, and other material which document selected areas of interest for Hill and his constituents. Among these topics are: pensions, post office matters, and the eight-hour work day.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from Vassar College Library, 1949; gift of Leslie Latham, 2001.
Arranged in two series and one addition: I. Correspondence, 1884-1911. II. Topical Files, 1900-1907.
24.25 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The papers consist of correspondence, bills, research materials, and topical files which document the political career of Ebenezer J. Hill, a United States Congressman from Connecticut, 1895-1913 and 1915-1917. Correspondence files contain constituent mail regarding requests for publications, political appointments, favors, and suggested votes on pending legislation. Frequent topics are military pensions, banking issues, currency matters, and U.S. Post Office appointments in Connecticut.
Biographical / Historical
Ebenezer J. Hill was born in Redding, Connecticut on August 4, 1845. He attended Yale College (Class of 1865) and served in the U.S. Army in a civilian capacity in 1863. Hill was a businessman and politician in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was elected to the U.S. Congress and served from 1895-1913 and 1915-1917. He died in 1917.
- Connecticut -- Politics and government
- Hill, Ebenezer J., 1845-1917
- Platt, Orville Hitchcock, 1827-1905
- Porter, John Addison, 1856-1900
- Postal service -- Connecticut
- Republican Party. National Committee
- Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
- United States -- Politics and government
- United States. Congress. House
- Guide to the Ebenezer J. Hill Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
- November 2001
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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