Robert P. Hill

Robert Potter Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1937  October 29, 1937
Preceded by Joshua B. Lee
Succeeded by Gomer G. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1913  March 3, 1915
Preceded by Napoleon B. Thistlewood
Succeeded by Edward E. Denison
Personal details
Born April 18, 1874 (1874-04-18)
Ewing, Illinois
Died October 29, 1937 (1937-10-30) (aged 63)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Lora Corder Hill
Children Robert Potter Hill
Alma mater Ewing College
Profession Attorney, politician, judge

Robert Potter Hill (April 18, 1874 – October 29, 1937) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Illinois and from Oklahoma.


Born near Ewing, Illinois, Hill was the son of James B. and Rebecca Spilman Hill, and attended the public schools. With a two-year interruption during which he taught school in Franklin County from 1891 to 1893; he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ewing College in 1896. In 1899 he moved to Marion, Illinois, where he studied law and was a Justice of the Peace. A year later, he married Lora Corder. The Hills had one son, Robert Potter.[1]


Hill was admitted to the bar in 1902 and commenced practice in Marion. He was Police magistrate of Marion in 1903 and City attorney of Marion from 1908 to 1910. He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1910 to 1912.[2]

Elected as a Democrat from Illinois to the Sixty-third Congress, Hill served from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1915.[3] An unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress, he resumed the practice of law.

Hill moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1918 and continued the practice of law. He was appointed assistant county attorney, Oklahoma County, in 1925 and served until 1929. He served as district judge of the thirteenth judicial district from 1931 until his resignation on December 15, 1936, having been elected to Congress.

Elected as a Democrat from Oklahoma to the Seventy-fifth Congress, he served from January 3, 1937, until his death.[4]


Hill died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, on October 29, 1937 (age 63 years, 194 days). He is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City.[5]


  1. "Robert Potter Hill". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  2. "Robert Potter Hill". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  3. "Robert Potter Hill". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. "Robert Potter Hill". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  5. "Robert Potter Hill". The Politiccal Graveyard. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Napoleon B. Thistlewood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward E. Denison
Preceded by
Joshua B. Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Gomer G. Smith
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