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Hill, Henry Harris, 1880-1954


Biographical Note

A native of Scottsville, Virginia, Henry Harris "Bunker" Hill was associated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) as a student and professor for more than half a century. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1907, and his M.S. in the same subject in 1909. In 1907, Hill was appointed Assistant Chemist, and in 1913 Associate Chemist of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Before retiring from VPI in 1950, he served seven years as the head of the Agricultural Chemistry department.

Henry Hill was involved in the community, serving as Elder in the Presbyterian church, as well as being an officer in the Montgomery County Democratic Committee for several years. Hill also served as the Executive Secretary of the VPI Alumni Association, along with being the publicist for the Athletic Association.

Hill was born to Richard Allen and Mary (Harris) Hill on May 31, 1880, in Scottsville, Virginia. He married Olivia C. "Dibbie" Tutwiler (1899-1974) on June 13, 1922, and they had a daughter, Meta Turwiler Hill (1923-2017). He died on December 24, 1954, and is buried alongside his wife in Westview Cemetery in Blacksburg.

External Sources:

"H. H. Hill" in the Virginia, U.S., Select Marriages, 1785-1940,,, accessed April 2, 2024.

"Henry Harris Hill" in the Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014,,, accessed April 2, 2024.

"Henry Harris 'Bunker' Hill",,, accessed April 2, 2024.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Henry H. Hill Collection

Identifier: Ms-1980-003

The Henry H. Hill collection consists of historical and genealogical research compiled by Hill during his lifetime in southwest Virginia. Hill (1880-1954) was an alumni and professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Dates: 1893-1963, n.d.

Meta Tutwiler Hill Family History

Identifier: Ms-2023-001

This collection contains a transcription of a family history recounted by Meta "Mimi" Tutwiler Hill Boynton.

Dates: unknown