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Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill

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Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 18, 2010
1. Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill Marker
Inscription. Benjamin Harvey Hill, one of the first to proclaim the New South industrial rather than agricultural, was born at Hillsborough, Jasper County, Sept. 14, 1823. Reared on a farm at Long Lane, Troup County, graduated with first honors at the University of Georgia and married to Miss Catherine Holt of Athens, he came to LaGrange to practice law. He was elected to the legislature on the Whig ticket in 1851. With Alex. H. Stephens, Herschel V. Johnson and others, Senator Hill opposed secession but became one of the foremost champions of the cause of the Confederacy. A member of the Confederate provisional congress and the Confederate Senate, he was regarded as the ablest supporter of the policies of Jefferson Davis. Arrested but soon paroled after the surrender, Senator Hill, “foremost orator of the state,” resumed his activities in politics and vigorously opposed the Reconstruction Acts of Congress. With Senator John B. Gordon he prevailed on President Hayes to remove Federal troops from the South. After serving in Congress he was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1877 and served until his death, August 16, 1882. Senator Hillís home, Bellevue, built in 1854-1855, was acquired by the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation and presented to the LaGrange Womanís Club.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical
Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 18, 2010
2. Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill Marker
Commission. (Marker Number 141-9.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 2.489′ N, 85° 2.375′ W. Marker is in LaGrange, Georgia, in Troup County. Marker is at the intersection of Ben Hill Street and McLendon Circle, on the left when traveling north on Ben Hill Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in the bushes to the left of the entrance to Bellevue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 McLendon Circle, Lagrange GA 30240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bellevue (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Ulrich Bonnell Phillips (approx. ľ mile away); LaGrange College – 1831 (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named LaGrange College – 1831 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fuller Earle Callaway, Sr. (approx. half a mile away); George Michael Troup (approx. half a mile away); The Nancy Harts (approx. half a mile away); Troup County (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaGrange.
 
More about this marker. There is one error on the marker: Senator Hill was raised in the Long Cane area of Troup County, in a house
Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 18, 2010
3. Bellevue, Home of Sen. Benjamin Harvey Hill Marker
The marker at left, with Bellevue in the background
which still stands (not Long Lane).
 
Also see . . .  B. H. Hill. The New Georgia Encyclopedia biography of Senator Hill. (Submitted on October 17, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Bellevue Entrance image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 18, 2010
4. Bellevue Entrance
Bellevue, Built in 1854-55 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 18, 2010
5. Bellevue, Built in 1854-55
Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill image. Click for full size.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
6. Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,219 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on October 22, 2010, by R. Zebley of Rapid City, South Dakota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 17, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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