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Hill Gowdy is a reality of the past and an image in the present. The actual life began in Hartford County, Connecticut in 1819. He came to the city of Savannah as a commission merchant from New York in 1841, travelling back and forth between the two port cities for several years. He married, had a large family, carried on a business, and eventually left Savannah to remain in New York until his death in 1884. Somewhere within and around 11:.he:sa bare facts was a real, warm, living man. We are left with only the cold traces and an image.
Montgomery, Carol L., "Hill Gowdy: The Image of a Man" (1980). Savannah Biographies. 74.