Dr. George Washington Hill
Historical Marker
Navarro County, Texas


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Dr. George Washington Hill

Came to Texas in 1837. Indian Agent, 1840-1841. Member of Congress of Texas, 1839-1842. Secretary of War under Presidents Houston and Jones. Hill County was named in his honor. Dr. Hill was a graduate of Transylvania University. Born in Tennessee April 22, 1814. Died in Navarro County, Texas, May 29, 1860. His wife Katherine M. Hill. Born September 23, 1812. Died April 24, 1871.


Location: Dawson - Spring Hill Cemetery, 7 miles east of State Highway 31 on Farm to Market 709 at roadside park


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Dedicated frontier physician and public servant of The Republic and State of Texas.  Born in Tennessee, Hill received his medical degree from Transylvania University.  He came to Teas in 1836 where he was a surgeon for Fort Houston at the opening of his lifelong practice.  In 1837, Hill became the medical censor for Milam County.  Later that year he moved to newly created Robertson County where he married iss Natilda Slaughter.  He entered public office as Robertson County Representative in the Congress of the Republic 1838-41 and 1842-43.
In 1838 Hill was reported operating a trading post near here.  His home, called Spring Hill, became the first settlement in Navarro County, later that year, however, it was connected with a tragedy.  A few days after spending the night at hills place, twenty-one surveyors, including hill's brother) were virtually annihilated by several hundred Kickapoos.
Hill was named Indian agent for the Republic in 1841 and in 1843 he became secretary of war.  After Texas joined the Union he served in the legislature.
Throughout these years, he continued to practice medicine facing many dangers in order to render aid.
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