Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Oct 1988
|3 May 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910.|
|Title:||David B. Hill Papers|
|Quantity:||0.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||New York State Governor, 1885-1891; U.S. Senator, 1891-1897. Collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence (chiefly political), legal papers and memorabilia.|
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
David Bennett Hill (1843-1910) was an American politician from New York. He was mayor of Elmira, New York (1892) and shortly thereafter (1893-1895) became lieutenant governor of the state. He served as governor of New York from 1885-1891 and then was elected to the U. S. Senate where he served five years (1892-1897).
The David B. Hill Papers consist of correspondence (chiefly political), legal material and memorabilia.
Correspondence, most of which is incoming, includes both business and personal letters from many people active in state and national politics at the turn of the century. Many of the letters register opinions concerning various pieces of legislation which were before Hill during his tenure as governor, including those of Richard Croker, William E. Chandler, A. J. Dittenhoefer, William Evarts, R. G. Ingersoll, Francis Kernan, Daniel S. Lamont, Paul Smith, S. J. Tilden, Benjamin F. Tracy. Numerous letters include suggestions for political appointments (John Griffin Carlisle, Charles A. Dana, John W. Daniel, Asa B. Gardiner, A. H. Green, Horatio Collins King, Daniel E. Sickles), while others are social or personal in nature (Thomas F. Bayard, Perry Belmont, Roscoe Conkling, Thomas W. Hotchkiss, A. K. McClure, Jacob Ruppert, Claude A. Swanson, James A. Thomas).
There are also a substantial number of letters concerning New York State Democratic Party politics (Henry Watson Cornell, S. S. Cox, Alton B. Parker, Roger Atkinson Pryor, Edward Morse Shepard, F. M. Simmons, C. E. Treman); a few items relating to insurance legislation (James W. Alexander, William W. Armstrong, Charles Evans Hughes); and two letters discussing the installation of a zoological garden in a section of Central Park (A. H. Green, Henry Codman Potter). There is also a lengthy letter (25 May 1895) from John Bigelow in which he discusses his difficulties in writing a Samuel J. Tilden biography which would "prove acceptable to his contemporaries, and yet stand the test to which it will be subjected by an impartial posterity." He goes on to defend his description of New York Governor William Marcy as "more of a politician than a statesman."
Legal material in the collection includes a contract for sale of the Elmira Gazette, documents relating to the trial of Albert T. Patrick for the murder of William Marsh Rice, and an official opinion of the Governor "in the matter of the removal of Alexander Shaler from the office of the Department of Health" of New York City. The material relating to the Patrick case includes correspondence (including a series of letters from Patrick to the Governor, requesting a pardon), official documents concerning the case and its subsequent appeal, and an item by Clark Bell about the trial, reprinted from the Medico-Legal Journal.
Memorabilia includes three miscellaneous clippings and a photograph of Hill.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
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Armstrong, William W., b. 1833.
Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898.
Belmont, Perry, 1850-1947.
Bigelow, John, 1817-1911.
Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910.
Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917.
Clearwater, Alphonso Trumpbour, 1848-1933.
Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888.
Cox, Samuel Sullivan, 1824-1889.
Croker, Richard, 1841-1922.
Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897.
Daniel, John W. (John Warwick), 1842-1910.
Dewey, Melvil, 1851-1931.
Dittenhoefer, Abram Jesse, 1836-1919.
Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901.
Fairchild, Charles Stebbins, 1842-1924.
Farquhar, Arthur B., 1838-
Flower, Roswell Pettibone, 1835-1899.
Gardiner, Asa Bird, 1839-1919.
Glynn, Martin H., 1871-1924.
Green, A. H. (Andrew Haswell), 1820-1903.
Hill, David Bennett, 1843-1910.
Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899.
Kernan, Francis, 1816-1892.
King, Horatio Collins, 1837-1918.
Lamont, Daniel Scott, 1851-1905.
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1865-1940.
McClure, Alexander K. (Alexander Kelly), 1828-1909.
McCurdy, Richard Aldrich, 1835-1916.
Murphy, Charles Francis, 1858-1924.
Oglesby, Richard J., 1824-1899.
Parker, Alton Brooks, 1852-1926.
Partington, Frederick E.
Patrick, Albert T.
Pillsbury, Albert Enoch, 1849-1930.
Potter, Henry Codman, 1834-1908.
Pryor, Roger Atkinson, 1828-1919.
Rice, William Marsh, 1816-1900.
Robinson, Lucius, 1810-1891.
Ruppert, Jacob, 1867-1939.
Schuyler, George Washington, 1810-1888.
Shepard, Edward Morse, 1850-1911.
Sickles, Daniel Edgar, 1819-1914.
Simmons, Furnifold McLendel, 1854-1940.
Sulzer, William, 1863-1941.
Swanson, Claude Augustus, 1862-1939.
Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886.
Tracy, Benjamin Franklin, 1830-1915.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Governors -- New York (State)
Murder -- New York (State)
Murderers -- New York (State)
Patronage, Political -- New York (State)
Politicians -- United States.
Central Park (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Sources.
Legislators -- United States.
New York (State) -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment.
New York (State) -- Politics and government, 1865-1950 -- Sources.
Genres and Forms
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
David B. Hill Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Bulk unspecified, 1966.
Sickles letters, purchase, 1969, 1971.
|Box 1||Alexander, James W. 1899|
|Box 1||Armstrong, William W. 1905|
|Box 1||Atwater, Edward S.|
|Box 1||Bayard, Thomas Francis 1887|
|Box 1||Belmont, Perry 1900|
|Box 1||Bigelow, John 1887, 1889, 1895, 1905|
|Box 1||Brewster, H. D. 1900|
|Box 1||Carlisle, John Griffin 1886|
|Box 1||Chandler, William E. 1901|
|Box 1||Clearwater, Alphonso T. 1899|
|Box 1||Conkling, Roscoe 1887|
|Box 1||Cornell, Henry Watson 1900|
|Box 1||Cox, Samuel Sullivan 1886-1887|
|Box 1||Croker, Richard 1888-1889|
|Box 1||Dana, Charles A. 1886|
|Box 1||Daniel, John Warwick 1902|
|Box 1||Dewey, Melvil 1905|
|Box 1||Dittenhoefer, Abram Jesse 1886, 1896, 1898|
|Box 1||Evarts, William Maxwell 1891|
|Box 1||Fairchild, Charles Stebbins 1887|
|Box 1||Farquhar, Arthur B. 1896|
|Box 1||Flower, Roswell Pettibone 1886|
|Box 1||Gardiner, Asa Bird 1887, 1895|
|Box 1||Glynn, Martin 1901, 1906, undated|
|Box 1||Green, Andrew Haskell 1886-1887, 1889|
|Box 1||Hotchkiss, Thomas W. 1888-1890|
|Box 1||Hughes, Charles Evans 1905|
|Box 1||Ingersoll, Robert Green 1889|
|Box 1||Kernan, Francis 1888|
|Box 1||King, Horatio Collins 1885|
|Box 1||Lamont, Daniel S. 1885, 1889, 1902, undated|
|Box 1||McClellan, George B. 1898, 1908|
|Box 1||McClure, Alexander Kelly 1895|
|Box 1||McCurdy, Richard A. 1895|
|Box 1||Murphy, Charles Francis 1904|
|Box 1||Oglesby, Richard James 1885|
|Box 1||Parker, Alton B. 1897, 1907|
|Box 1||Partington, Frederick Eugene 1894|
|Box 1||Pillsbury, Albert Enoch 1894|
|Box 1||Potter, Henry Codman 1887|
|Box 1||Pryor, Roger Atkinson 1888-1889, 1891|
|Box 1||Pruyn, Anna Parker 1895|
|Box 1||Robinson, Lucius 1879|
|Box 1||Ruppert, Jacob 1899|
|Box 1||Schuyler, George Washington 1877|
|Box 1||Shepard, Edwin Morse 1910|
|Box 1||Sickles, Daniel Edgar 1886, 1888, 1891, 1896, 1901, undated|
|Box 1||Simmons, Furnifold McLendel 1904|
|Box 1||Smith, Paul 1888|
|Box 1||Sulzer, William 1900-1901|
|Box 1||Swanson, Claude Augustus 1900|
|Box 1||Thomas, James A. 1900|
|Box 1||Tilden, Samuel Jones 1886|
|Box 1||Tracy, Benjamin Franklin 1889, undated|
|Box 1||Treman, Charles E. 1900|
|Box 1||Whitney, William Collins 1890|
|Box 1||Elmira Gazette - sales contract|
|Albert T. Patrick case|
|Box 1||Koehler, Edgar J.|
|Box 1||Milliken, John T.|
|Box 1||Milliken, Mary Patrick sister of accused|
|Box 1||Patrick, Albert T. letters to Governor Hill requesting pardon 1906|
|Box 1||Official documents (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Opinion holograph draft|
|Box 1||"The Patrick Case" by Clark Bell, reprinted from Medico-Legal Journal|
|Box 1||Alexander Shaler case - opinion, with extensive corrections and additions|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous printed material, clippings|
|Box 1||Photograph of Hill, autographed|