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James Madison Hilliard

James Madison Hilliard was a businessman and civic leader who twice served as mayor of Pensacola.

James Madison Hilliard
Born January 24, 1851
Died July 26, 1902
Occupation Carriage manufacturer
Mayor of Pensacola
Religion Methodist
Spouse Lily McDonald Hilliard
Parents J. P. Hilliard
Children Two sons
One daughter



Hilliard came to Pensacola with his parents at age four. As a young man he entered the employment of S. S. Harvey, carriage manufacturer, and in 1884 became a partner in Harvey's business. In 1887 he founded his own firm, the J. M. Hilliard Carriage Company, which manufactured, sold, and repaired carriages.

Hilliard was an organizer and president of the Workingmen's Building and Loan Association.


Hilliard fell ill with typhoid fever in late May 1902 and became bedridden. Although his condition improved, it was discovered that he had an abscess on his liver, and his condition again worsened. He died on July 26, 1902, at his home at 401 East Gregory Street. He was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery; the pallbearers were J. E. O'Brien, W. A. Blount, T. C. Watson, W. E. Anderson, Ed Watson, and A. H. D'Alemberte.[1]

Political careerEdit

In addition to his service as mayor, he also served in the Florida state legislature, as a commissioner of the Provisional Municipality of Pensacola, as Supervisor of the Board of Public Instruction, and on the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners.


  1. "Death and Funeral of Hon. J. M. Hilliard." Pensacola Daily News, July 28, 1902.

Preceded by:
Albert Lord Avery
Mayor of Pensacola
Succeeded by:
W. E. Anderson
Preceded by:
William Hazard Northup
Mayor of Pensacola
Succeeded by:
Celestino Moreno Jones