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Robert Potter Hill (April 18, 1874 – October 29, 1937) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Illinois and from Oklahoma.

Robert Potter Hill
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – October 29, 1937
Preceded byJoshua B. Lee
Succeeded byGomer G. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byNapoleon B. Thistlewood
Succeeded byEdward E. Denison
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornApril 18, 1874 (1874-04-18)
Ewing, Illinois
DiedOctober 29, 1937 (1937-10-30) (aged 63)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lora Corder Hill
ChildrenRobert Potter Hill
Alma materEwing College
ProfessionAttorney, politician, judge


Born near Ewing, Illinois, Hill was the son of James B. and Rebecca Spilman Hill, and attended the public schools. With a two-year interruption during which he taught school in Franklin County from 1891 to 1893; he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ewing College in 1896. In 1899 he moved to Marion, Illinois, where he studied law and was a Justice of the Peace. A year later, he married Lora Corder. The Hills had one son, Robert Potter.[1]


Hill was admitted to the bar in 1902 and commenced practice in Marion. He was Police magistrate of Marion in 1903 and City attorney of Marion from 1908 to 1910. He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1910 to 1912.[2]

Elected as a Democrat from Illinois to the Sixty-third Congress, Hill served from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1915.[3] An unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress, he resumed the practice of law.

Hill moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1918 and continued the practice of law. He was appointed assistant county attorney, Oklahoma County, in 1925 and served until 1929. He served as district judge of the thirteenth judicial district from 1931 until his resignation on December 15, 1936, having been elected to Congress.

Elected as a Democrat from Oklahoma to the Seventy-fifth Congress, he served from January 3, 1937, until his death.[4]


Hill died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, on October 29, 1937 (age 63 years, 194 days). He is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Robert Potter Hill". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Robert Potter Hill". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Robert Potter Hill". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Robert Potter Hill". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Robert Potter Hill". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 4 June 2013.

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