You have probably heard the phrase ” What in the Sam Hill ” It is a euphemism for what in the hell or other possible curse words. Interestingly, Sam Hill was a real person who lived in Michigan. The exact origin of the saying is unknown, but a possible theory is for Samuel W. Hill who was a surveyor in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hill was a geologist, surveyor, and mining engineer in the Keweenaw Peninsula area. He was well respected in copper country for his skills and kindness in helping the community. Hill was also known to use foul language and when stories were told about him his name was used in place of curse words and that his how his name supposedly became a euphemism for swear words.
Hill was twice elected to the state legislature, and retired to this house in Marshall, Michigan in 1875 where he died in 1889. The home is now used as a doctors office. A historical marker for Sam Hill stands next to it and gives a little info about the man, but does not mention his propensity for swearing.
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