HUNT, Washington

HUNT, Washington
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1811–1867

Biography

HUNT, Washington, A Representative from New York; born in Windham, Greene County, N.Y., August 5, 1811; moved with his parents to Portage, Livingston County, N.Y., in 1818; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1834 and commenced practice in Lockport, N.Y.; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1836 to the Twenty-fifth Congress; appointed judge of the court of common pleas of Niagara County and served from January 30, 1836, to February 4, 1841; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Commerce (Thirtieth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; comptroller of New York in 1849 and 1850; Governor of the State 1850-1852; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; retired to his farm near Lockport; temporary chairman of the Whig National Convention in 1856; was tendered the Democratic nomination for Vice President in 1860 but declined; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864; died in New York City February 2, 1867; interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Lockport, N.Y.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn, NY
Papers: August 28, 1852. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.

Le Roy Historical Society

Le Roy, NY
Papers: In Henry Wyckoff papers, 1838-1861. 120 items. Includes business correspondence (1845-1861).

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1850, 1858. 2 letters.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: Quantity unknown.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Hunt, Washington. Speech of ex-Gov. Hunt at Lockport. [New York: N.p., 1863].

------. Speech of Washington Hunt, at the Union Meeting in New York, December 19th, 1859. New York: Hall, Clayton & Co., printers, 1859.

------. Speech of Mr. Washington Hunt, of New York, on the Oregon question. Delivered in the House of Representatives, U.S., February 6th, 1846. [Washington, D.C.]: J. & G.S. Gideon, printers [1846].

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