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Board of Trustees - Former Trustees
George Stillman Hillard
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Trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1872-1875. Born 1808 in Machias, ME; died 1879 in Brookline, MA. Attorney, legislator, author and editor. A graduate of Boston Latin School and later Harvard University, George Hillard studied law in Northampton, MA, Harvard Law School and the office of Charles P. Curtis of Boston. He was the editor of the Christian Register and of the Jurist early in his legal career. His service to Boston, Massachusetts, and the United States included becoming a representative on the Common Council, serving as member of the Senate and being appointed city solicitor. Mr. Hillard also served as the United States Attorney for several years before becoming the senior partner of the Hillard, Hyde and Dickinson law firm. His work for the library began during his councilman term when he participated in the committee responding to a donation of books from the City of Paris, one of the first gifts of books to the City of Boston that culminated in establishing a public library. In 1853, Mr. Hillard was appointed to the first Examining Committee of the Library, which made its first report that year. During his trusteeship, he assisted in the acquisition of the library of Thomas Pennant Barton for the Bates Hall collections. Following his term on the Board, George Hillard compiled and published the 1876 volume, Letter and Journals of George Ticknor, which documented much of his fellow trustee’s activities for the library.

Sources:
Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Boston: Boston History Company, 1894.

Wadlin, Horace G. The Public Library of the City of Boston: A History. Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1911.

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston Public Library: A Centennial History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956.