Hiland HALL, Congress, VT (1795-1885)


HALL, Hiland, a Representative from Vermont; born in Bennington, Vt., July 20, 1795; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Bennington; member of the State house of representatives in 1827; clerk of Benton County in 1828 and 1829; State’s attorney 1828-1831; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jonathan Hunt; reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth through Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from January 1, 1833, to March 3, 1843; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1842; State bank commissioner 1843-1846; judge of the State supreme court 1846-1850; Second Comptroller of the Treasury from November 27, 1850, to September 10, 1851; United States land commissioner for California 1851-1854; returned to Vermont; Governor of Vermont 1858-1860; member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in Springfield, Mass., December 18, 1885; interment in Bennington Center Cemetery, Bennington, Vt.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present