Isaac Hill, 1788-1851

[Mentioned in Retrospection and Introspection, p. 7]

After serving a seven-year apprenticeship, begun when he was fourteen, on the Farmer's Cabinet, Isaac Hill came to Concord, New Hampshire, and started the New Hampshire Patriot. With his brother and one apprentice, he brought out and delivered the four-page weekly. He also ran the Franklin Book Store.

In less than ten years, Hill was a leader in public life in Concord. During the War of 1812 the Patriot was a mouthpiece of the administration and one of the leading New England papers. In 1819 Hill served as clerk in the state senate, and from 1822 to 1824 and again in 1827, he was a state senator. An ardent Jeffersonian fundamentalist, he declared there were always two parties, might versus right. He supported Andrew Jackson, and after the latter's election, Hill was one of those said to belong to Jackson's "kitchen cabinet."

Signs of the Times
December 13, 1958

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