Clyde Walton Hill, poet, was born in Austin, Texas, in 1883, son of Robert Jerome and Kate Easton (Raymond) Hill. He attended Austin public schools, the University of Texas (B.A., 1906; LL.B., 1913), and Harvard University, where he did graduate work in drama and composition in 1908–09. He returned to the University of Texas and was a member of the English faculty from 1909 to 1912. He moved to Dallas in 1915, opened a law practice, and later engaged in the real estate business; he eventually returned to teaching. Through the years he contributed verse and prose to leading magazines. Hill was one of the founders of the Poetry Society of Texas, which he served as treasurer from 1921 to 1932. He wrote a volume of poems, Shining Trails (1926). He was best known for his poem "Little Towns of Texas," which captured the popular imagination. His poem "Wilson" found its way into the scrapbook of President Woodrow Wilson. Hill married Louise Oram of Dallas, where he died on February 4, 1932.
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William E. Bard, “Hill, Clyde Walton,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 20, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hill-clyde-walton.
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