William R. Rockhill

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William R. Rockhill (February 10, 1793 – January 15, 1865) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Burlington, New Jersey, Rockhill attended the public schools. He moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1823. He engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as commissioner of Allen County, Indiana, in 1825 Justice of the Peace. He served as member of the first city council of Fort Wayne and also city assessor. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1834-1837. He served in the State senate 1844-1847.

Rockhill was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849). He resumed agricultural pursuits.

He was first married to Theodosia Richardson (1797–1833). Their daughter, Elizabeth (1816–1889), married Isaac DeGroff Nelson (1810–1891), and they were the parents of the famous Kansas City newspaper baron, William Rockhill Nelson (1841–1915). William Rockhill second marriage was to Elizabeth Hill (1820–1859) on 29 SEP 1848.

William R. Rockhill died at Fort Wayne, Indiana, January 15, 1865. He was interred in Lindenwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William R. Rockhill (id: R000364)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Kennedy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

1847 – 1849
Succeeded by
Andrew J. Harlan