Hill, William Warner (1807–1862)

By: James L. Hailey

Revised by: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 30, 2022

William Warner Hill, soldier and congressman, was born in 1807 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, the son of John and Delilah (Cooper) Hill. He moved to Texas in December 1834. He worked as a horse and mule trader until he joined Capt. George W. Barrett's company on July 20, 1835, as a first lieutenant. On March 1, 1836, he transferred to Company H, First Regiment of Volunteers, under the command of Capt. Joseph Lynch. He assumed command of the company on March 11 but was prevented from participating in the battle of San Jacinto because of illness. He returned to command after the battle and remained until the company was disbanded on May 30, 1836. Hill represented Washington County in the First and Second congresses of the republic in the House of Representatives (1836–38). He married Maria Louisa Coles, daughter of John P. Coles, on April 5, 1838. William and Maria Hill had four children before she died in childbirth in 1847. He then married Mary Elen Nevill, daughter of Harden Nevill, another Ranger and fighter of the Texas Revolution, on February 20, 1848 in Brazos County.  They raised seven children.  Hill was a member of Independence Masonic Milam Lodge No. 11. He later moved to Burleson County, where he died in 1862.

W. O. Dietrich, The Blazing Story of Washington County (Brenham, Texas: Banner Press, 1950; rev. ed., Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1973). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

  • Military
  • Soldiers
  • Politics and Government
  • Government Officials
  • House
  • Republic of Texas Congressmen
  • First Congress (1836-1837)
  • Second Congress (1837-1838)
Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution
  • Republic of Texas
  • Central Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

James L. Hailey Revised by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell, “Hill, William Warner,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/hill-william-warner.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 30, 2022