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Herbert M. Hill

Herbert Malcolm Hill, chemist and mineral collector, was born in Burr's Mills, Jefferson County, New York, on May 19, 1856, the son of Elizabeth M. Brown and Lorenzo Dow Hill (1808-1877), a farmer. He graduated from Hamilton College with an A.B. Degree in 1879, and spent the next year there as a graduate student in chemistry and mineralogy. He then took a position teaching Greek and Latin in the Courtland, New York, Normal School in 1880.

That same year, 1880, he traveled to northern Minnesota as second-in-command of an exploration party investigating the prospects of iron mining at Tower and Soudan. Upon returning he took a position as professor of natural sciences and mathematics at Watertown High School for the following eight years, rising to the post of school principal. He then accepted a position as professor of chemistry and toxicology at the Buffalo Medical College in 1889. He accepted a number of other commissions over the years, and visited the Ontario gold fields in 1895. Hamilton College awarded him a Master of Arts Degree in 1882, and in 1890 a PhD.

He married Amanda Elizabeth Isdell in 1880, and together they had four children: Harold (1883), Elizabeth (1886), Cornelia (1890) and Herbert Jr. (1892). He died July 3, 1927.

MATTHEWS, G. E. (1898) The Men of New York. vol. 1, p. 213.
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