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Sir Rowland Hill (1795–1879) by Maull & Polyblank, c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Sir Rowland (1795–1879), postal reformer and civil servant, was born on 3 December 1795 at 96 Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, third of the eight children of Thomas Wright Hill (1763–1851), schoolmaster, and his wife, Sarah Lea (1765–1842).