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Thomas Hillhouse (American politician)

Thomas Hillhouse (March 10, 1817 – July 31, 1897) was an American farmer, banker and politician.

Thomas Hillhouse
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 26th district
In office
Preceded byTruman Boardman
Succeeded byCharles J. Folger
Adjutant General of New York
In office
July 1861 – 1862
GovernorEdwin D. Morgan
Preceded byJohn Meredith Read, Jr.
Succeeded byFranklin Townsend
New York State Comptroller
In office
GovernorReuben Fenton
Preceded byLucius Robinson
Succeeded byWilliam F. Allen
Personal details
Born(1817-03-10)March 10, 1817
Albany County, New York, U.S.
DiedJuly 31, 1897(1897-07-31) (aged 80)
Yonkers, New York, U.S.


He was born on March 10, 1817 in Albany County, New York, the son of Thomas Hillhouse (d. 1835, brother of James Hillhouse). He worked and lived on his father's farm until 1851, when he moved to Geneva, New York in Ontario County. He married Harriet Prouty (d. 1903), and their son was Thomas Griswold Hillhouse (d. 1910).

He was a member of the New York State Senate (26th D.) in 1860 and 1861.

He was Adjutant General of New York under Governor Edwin D. Morgan, from July 1861 until the end of 1862. During the American Civil War the state militia fought with the Union Army.

He was New York State Comptroller from 1866 to 1867, elected in 1865 on the Republican ticket, but defeated for re-election in 1867.

He was Assistant Treasurer of the United States until 1881 when he resigned to become President of the Metropolitan Trust Company in New York City.

He died on July 31, 1897 in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York.[1]


  1. ^ "Office of the Metropolitan Trust Company" (PDF). New York Times. August 12, 1897. Retrieved 2015-10-06.

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