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Joseph Alston Hill

Home Town:
Cape Fear, NC
Later Residences:
Biographical Notes:
Joseph Alston Hill was the son of William Henry Hill. His father was appointed a U.S. District Attorney by George Washingon and was also one of the founders of the University of North Carolina. Hill was born at Cape Fear, near Wilmington, North Carolina. His father died when he was only nine and assumed responsibility for his education. In 1833, Hill played an influential role at the Internal Improvement Convention in Raleigh, NC and all the resolutions he submitted were approved. Hill's career was cut short by his early death in 1835 at the age of thirty five.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended Yale College in 1819.

Profession / Service
Political Office
State Posts:
State Representative (NC) 1826-1827, 1830

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 17.
Secondary Sources:
Biographical Dictionary of NC; Ashe, Samuel A., ed. Biographical History of North Carolina, vol. 4. Greensboro, NC: Charles L. Van Noppen, 1906.; Keith, Alice, ed. The John Gray Blount Papers. State Department of Archives and History, 1952.; Wheeler, John H., ed. Historical Sketches of North Carolina from 1584 to 1851. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo and Co., 1851.; Wheeler, John H. Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Emminent North Carolinians. Washington: Press of Henkle and Co., 1884.; Battle, Kemp P. History of the University of North Carolina, vol. 1. Raleigh, NC: Edwards and Broughton Printing Company, 1907.

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