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Hill, Herbert Wells, 1902-1981



  • Existence: 1902 - 1981


Herbert Wells Hill was born in 1902, in Andover, Massachusetts. He received his BA from Harvard in 1924, and his MA in 1926. He joined the faculty of Dartmouth College in 1928, and became an assistant professor of history in 1935. Appointed full professor in 1941, Hill served as chairman of the Department of History from 1947 to 1953, and from 1959 to 1964, and of International Relations from 1955-1959.

Active at the state and national level, Hill was chairman of the New Hampshire Committee for the Hoover Report from 1947 to 1958, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Atlantic Union Committee. From 1951 to 1953, he served in the State Department as a planning advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European Affairs. Chairman of the Grafton County Democratic Committee from 1940 to 1946 and of the State Democratic Committee from 1946-1948, Hill ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New Hampshire in 1948, and for the US Senate in 1960. He also served on a number of state committees and commissions including the New Hampshire Reorganization Commission and the State Fish and Game Commission, and was a Special Justice of Hanover in the New Hampshire District Court.

At Dartmouth, Hill was Director of the Hanover Holiday, the alumni program, from 1936 to 1962 and also headed the Speakers Bureau. During World War II, he was in charge of courses in Naval History for Dartmouth's V-12 program. In 1961, Hill was appointed to the US National Commission for UNESCO and reappointed in 1963. He retired from Dartmouth College with emeritus status in 1967. Hill died in 1981

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Cyrus Parker Bradley diary transcriptions

Identifier: MS-1375
Date(s): 1969-06-16

Cyrus Parker Hill (1818-1838), Dartmouth College Class of 1837. The collection contains a typescript copy of the diary he kept while at Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth, 1832-1837.

Herbert W. Hill papers

Identifier: ML-80
Date(s): 1918 to 1977
Abstract Herbert W. Hill (1902-1981), professor of history and politician. Consist of papers documenting his career as a member of the history faculty at Dartmouth College. Also includes papers on his membership on the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission, and his work with the New Hampshire Historical Society, his attempted career in New Hampshire politics, work as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and his directorship of Hanover Holiday, an adult and alumni education...

Oral history interview with Herbert Hill.

Identifier: DOH-230
Date(s): 1975-04-10 to 1975-04-30
Abstract Herbert Hill, Professor of History Emeritus 1928-1968. Oral history documenting his career at Dartmouth College. Professor Hill describes the History Department, patterns of recruitment and promotion, relations, teaching responsibilities, and the emphasis on teaching. He talks about his colleagues: Lewis Stilwell, Charles Lingley, Frank M. Anderson, Charles Wood, Dick McMornack, Robert T. Riegel, Jere Daniell, and Don Campbell. He describes the start of AAUP, UNESCO, and Alumni College. He...
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