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1879 Jesse Thomas Hill

JT Hill 1878(Lived March 18, 1850 – March 8, 1938)

Jesse Hill became mayor in November 1878, following a time of great sorrow in Chattanooga as 366 citizens fell victim to yellow fever from August – October, 1878.  During the epidemic, Hill served as secretary of the Citizens’ Relief Committee, and in addition to performing clerical duties, he helped with the burial duties of the committee.

A relatively new comer to Chattanooga, only living in the city since 1868, Hill had served as Deputy Clerk and Master of the city’s chancery court.

Photo by Phillip Stevens and Matt Lea