Hill, David B.

New York Lieut. Governor, Governor and US Senator, rival of Grover Cleveland

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(1843-1910) 29th Governor of New York (D) 1885-91. He was Lieut. Governor 1883-85, elected on the ticket with Grover Cleveland. He was Governor 1885-91, succeeding to the office upon Cleveland's resignation (having been elected President) and re-elected in 1885 & 1888. In 1885, Gov. Hill signed "a bill establishing a 'Forest Preserve' of 715,000 acres that was to remain permanently 'as wild forest lands.'" This tract became Adirondack Park. He favored child labor laws and supported labor union rights. He twice (1888 & 1889) vetoed a Republican ballot reform bill passed by the legislature to stop rife election fraud in New York. He was a US Senator 1892-97, although elected in Feb. 1891, he took his seat only after the end of his gubernatorial term in Jan. 1892, holding both positions for almost a year. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 1892, but lost to Grover Cleveland who was elected President. He was defeated by Republican Levi Morton when, as a sitting US senator, he ran again for governor in Nov. 1894. While Senator in 1893 & 1894 he blocked President Cleveland's 2 nominees to the US Supreme Court, Wm. B. Hornblower and Wheeler H. Peckham (brother of Justice Rufus Peckham) who opposed Hill's political machine. Signed 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card, undated

Condition: Very good, trace of light toning at top edge, tiny pinhole top center
Type:Signed Card






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