Valdemar A. Hill, Sr., was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on May 1, 1914. His educational background includes: Charlotte Amalie High School; a summer session in General Economics at Columbia University in 1944; received an A.B. degree in Political Science from McKinley-Roosevelt College, Chicago, in 1947; and obtained an LLB degree from la Salle Extension University, Chicago, in 1952. Mr. Hill entered the local government service as an employee in the Department of Health in 1932. In 1937 he was one of the organizers of the first political party in the Virgin Islands, THE PROGRESSIVE GUIDE. This organization was founded in order to make the masses of people aware of their new responsibilities under the 1936 Organic Act, which granted universal suffrage to the citizens of the Virgin Islands.