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James Hillhouse

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Montville, New London, CT, USA
Death: December 29, 1832 (78)
New Haven, CT, USA
Place of Burial: New Haven, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Hillhouse and Sarah Hillhouse
Husband of Sarah Hillhouse and Rebecca Hillhouse
Father of Sarah Lucas Hillhouse; Sarah LLoyd Hillhouse; Mary Lucas Hillhouse; James Abraham Hillhouse; Augusta Lucas Hillhouse and 2 others
Brother of Mary Prince; John Griswold Hillhouse; David Hillhouse; Thomas Griswold Hillhouse; Deacon Hillhouse and 2 others

Occupation: CT Senator
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About James Hillhouse, U.S. Senator


James Hillhouse (October 20, 1754 – December 29, 1832) was an American lawyer, real estate developer, and politician from New Haven, Connecticut. He represented Connecticut in both the U.S. House and Senate. Hillhouse is responsible for much of the current look of New Haven, and was for many years the treasurer of Yale University.

James was born in Montville, Connecticut, the son of William Hillhouse, and adopted by his childless uncle and aunt, James Abraham and Mary Lucas Hillhouse. He graduated from Yale in 1773 and was admitted to the bar in 1775. He became a captain in Governor's Foot Guards of the militia in the Revolutionary War.

Hillhouse was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, 1780, United States Congressman from Connecticut at-large, 1791–96, and United States Senator from Connecticut, 1796–1810.

He was active in the drive to plant the elm trees that gave New Haven the nickname of the Elm City. Hillhouse Avenue and James Hillhouse High School in New Haven are named for him. He died in New Haven in 1832 and is buried at the Grove Street Cemetery there.

In 1803, he and several other New England politicians proposed secession of New England from the union due to growing influence of Jeffersonian democrats and the Louisiana Purchase which they felt would further diminish Northern influence. In 1814-15 he was a Connecticut delegate to the Hartford Convention.

He was a nephew of Matthew Griswold, and uncle of Thomas Hillhouse.

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James Hillhouse, U.S. Senator's Timeline

October 20, 1754
Montville, New London, CT, USA
November 3, 1779
Age 25
July 7, 1783
Age 28
September 13, 1785
Age 30
September 26, 1789
Age 34
December 9, 1791
Age 37
December 9, 1791
Age 37
June 12, 1794
Age 39