HILAND R. HULBURD, the third Comptroller of the Currency, was appointed February 1, 1867, and served until April 3, 1872.
Mr. Hulburd was born in 1829, at Worthington, near Columbus, Ohio. His father was a Presbyterian clergyman of considerable note. Mr. Hulburd graduated at an early age from the Western Reserve College at Hudson, Ohio. He studied law in the office of Anthony Howard Dunlevy of Lebanon, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar. In 1865 he was appointed registrar of the Banking Department of the State of Ohio. On August 1, 1865, he was appointed Deputy Comptroller of the Currency under Hugh McCulloch, and acted as Comptroller during the vacancy in that office from July 24, 1866, to February 1, 1867, when he was appointed Comptroller.
After his retirement from the Comptrollership until the date of his death he spent most of his time in New York City. During the last years of his life he was connected with oil interests in Pennsylvania and had an office in New York City. He lost his life in the burning of the steamer Seawanhaka on Long Island Sound, June 28, 1880.
Although the national banking system was in its infancy during Mr. Hulburd's incumbency of the office of Comptroller his annual reports to Congress, six in number, are replete with interesting matter and compare favorably with the best that have emanated from the Currency Bureau. Subsequent experience demonstrated the soundness of his views on banking questions and practices and the correctness of his conclusions in regard to the subjects discussed.