William Luther Hill

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William Luther Hill
United States Senator
from Florida
In office
July 1, 1936 – November 3, 1936
Preceded byDuncan U. Fletcher
Succeeded byClaude Pepper
Personal details
BornOctober 17, 1873
Gainesville, Florida
DiedJanuary 5, 1951 (aged 77)
Gainesville, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Florida
ProfessionAttorney, United States Senate staff

William Luther Hill (October 17, 1873 – January 5, 1951) a US Senator from Florida, serving as a Democrat in 1936.

Early life[edit]

William L. Hill was born in Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida on October 17, 1873. He attended the East Florida Seminary (now the University of Florida and became involved in banking and insurance.


In 1914 Hill graduated from the University of Florida Law School. He was admitted to the bar and practiced in Gainesville.

In 1917 Hill became Secretary (chief assistant) to Senator Duncan U. Fletcher, a post he held until Fletcher's death in 1936. From 1917 to 1921 Hill was also Clerk for the Senate Committee on Commerce, and he was Clerk for the Committee on Banking and Currency from 1933 to 1936.

Senate appointment[edit]

When Fletcher died in 1936, Hill was appointed to fill the vacancy until a successor could be elected.[1] He served from July 1, 1936, to November 3, 1936. Hill was not a candidate in the election, which was won by Claude Pepper.

After completing his Senate service Hill returned to Gainesville, where he practiced law and remained active in Democratic politics until retiring in 1947.

Death and burial[edit]

Hill died in Gainesville on January 5, 1951.[2] He was buried in Gainesville's Evergreen Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Panama City Herald, Fletcher's Aide Succeeds Him, July 2, 1936
  2. ^ Associated Press, Biloxi Herald, Ex-Senator Dies, January 6, 1951
  3. ^ Thomas E. Spencer, Where They're Buried, 1998, page 119

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "William Luther Hill (id: H000612)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William Luther Hill at Find a Grave
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Duncan U. Fletcher
United States Senator (Class 3) from Florida
Succeeded by
Claude Pepper