Hill, David Bennett
- John F. Kirn Jr.
Hill, David Bennett (29 August 1843–20 October 1910), lawyer and politician, was born in Havana (now Montour Falls), New York, the son of Caleb Hill, a carpenter, and Eunice Durfey. After graduating from public school, Hill began reading law in the office of Marcus Crawford, a local attorney. At the age of twenty he moved to Elmira, New York, where he continued his studies at the firm of Thurston, Hart & McGuire. Hill was admitted to the bar in 1864 and, though only twenty-one, was appointed city attorney within a year. Thereafter he devoted his life to law and politics. From 1868 through 1881 he served as a delegate to the New York Democratic State Conventions and presided over the meetings of 1877 and 1881. In 1870 he began copublishing the ...