Copyright © 2001 by Mark A. Murphy
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,
Location: Dawson -
Spring Hill Cemetery, 7 miles east
of State Highway 31 on Farm to Market 709 at roadside park
The text of the historical markers
have been posted here with the permission of the Texas Historical Commission
Marker Photo by
DR GEORGE WASHINGTON HILL (1814-1860)|
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
Throughout these years, he continued to practice medicine facing many dangers in
order to render aid.
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