Hillhouse ,.I. James, an American statesman, born in Montville, Conn., Oct. 21, 1754, died in New Haven, Dec. 29, 1832. He graduated at Yale college in 1773, of which institution he was treasurer from 1782 till his death. He studied law, and took an active part in the struggle of the revolution; was a member of congress in 1791, and in 1794 was chosen a member of the United States senate, where he remained for 1G years. Resigning his seat in 1810, he was appointed commissioner of the school fund of Connecticut, and continued to act as such for 15 years. II. James Abraham, an American poet, son of the preceding, born in New Haven, Sept. 26, 1789, died near that city, Jan. 4, 1841. He graduated at Yale college in 1808, and in 1812 delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa society a poem entitled "The Judgment, a Vision" (New York, 1812). He engaged in commerce in New York; in 1819 visited England, and published in London his drama of " Percy's Masque," which was reprinted in New York with changes in 1820; and in 1822 removed to a country seat near New Haven, where he passed the remainder of his life.
In 1825 he published his second drama, "Hadad;" and in 1839 a collected edition of his writings appeared in Boston, under the title of "Dramas, Discourses, and other Pieces." It included, besides several polished prose compositions, "Demetria," a domestic Italian tragedy, which he had written in 1813.