Hunt, Washington, 1811-1867

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Birth 1811-08-05
Death 1867-02-02

Biographical notes:

Governor of New York; Congressman.

From the description of Letter, 1862 October 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122578616

Governor, New York, Representative, U.S., New York, and Jurist.

From the description of Letters of Washington Hunt, 1850-1858. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451086

Hunt was New York state comptroller, 1849-50.

From the description of Letter : Albany, N.Y., to James R. Lawrence, 1849 Sept. 26. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52247159

Washington Hunt (1811-1867) was born in Windham, New YOrk. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1834, and commenced practice in Lockport, New York. After an unsuccessful attempt in 1836 for election to Congress, he was appointed judge of the court of common pleas of Niagara County, a position he held from 1836-1841. He later ran successfully as the Whig party candidate for Congress and served six years (1843-1849); during his tenure he served as chairman of the Committee on Commerce. Hunt served as comptroller of New York in 1849 and 1850 and was then elected Governor of the State from 1850-1852. After his retirement to his farm in Lockport, he served as temporary chairman of the Whig National Convention in 1856 and as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864. In 1860 he was offered (but declined) the Democratic nomination for Vice President.

From the guide to the Washington Hunt Letters, 1836-1862, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)


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