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Washington Hunt

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Washington Hunt
17th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1851 – December 31, 1852
LieutenantSanford E. Church
Preceded byHamilton Fish
Succeeded byHoratio Seymour
14th New York State Comptroller
In office
February 20, 1849 – December 18, 1850
GovernorHamilton Fish
Preceded byMillard Fillmore
Succeeded byPhilo C. Fuller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byLorenzo Burrows
Personal details
Born(1811-08-05)August 5, 1811
Windham, New York, U.S
DiedFebruary 2, 1867(1867-02-02) (aged 55)
New York City, New York, US
Political partyWhig
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Judge

Washington Hunt (August 5, 1811 – February 2, 1867) was an American lawyer and politician.

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Life and career

Gubernatorial portrait of Washington Hunt.

Hunt was born in Windham, New York. He moved to Lockport, New York in 1828 to study law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and opened a law office on Market Street in 1835. He was First Judge of the Niagara County Court from 1836 to 1841.

He was elected as a Whig to the 28th, 29th and 30th United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1843, to March 3, 1849.

He was elected New York State Comptroller by the State Legislature after the resignation of Millard Fillmore who had been elected U.S. Vice President. In November 1849, he was re-elected, but resigned the comptrollership after his election as Governor of New York the following year. He was Governor from 1851 to 1852, and was defeated for re-election by Horatio Seymour.

After the break-up of the Whig Party, Hunt, despite his previous association with the Seward/Weed faction of the party, was among the more conservative Whigs who refused to join the Republicans. Hunt was the chairman of the 1856 Whig National Convention and supported his fellow New York Whig, former president Millard Fillmore for the presidency in that year. In 1860, Hunt joined the Constitutional Union Party and supported its nominee for the presidency, John Bell. After it became clear that Bell could not win on his own in New York, Hunt was involved in the formation of a fusion ticket with the supporters of Democrat Stephen Douglas.

In his last years, Hunt moved increasingly closer to the Democrats, endorsing his two-time opponent, Horatio Seymour for the New York gubernatorial race in 1862 and supporting George McClellan for the presidency at the 1864 Democratic National Convention. On June 13, 1864, Hunt was at Niagara Falls to confer with Confederate Commissioner Jacob Thompson.[1] He became a supporter of President Andrew Johnson after the war, and supported Johnson's abortive "National Union" movement, serving as a delegate at the National Union Convention of 1866, which sought to join Democrats and conservative Republicans into a new party to support Johnson.

His brother was Major Edward B. Hunt, a West Point graduate, who was killed in October 1863 while working with an experimental weapons system.

He was buried at the Glenwood Cemetery in Lockport. His former Lockport home at 363 Market Street is in the Lowertown Historic District.[2]


  • United States Congress. "Washington Hunt (id: H000978)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ p. 145, Castleman, John Breckenridge. Active Service. Louisville, KY: Courier-Journal Job Printing, 1917.
  2. ^ Cornelia E. Brooke (April 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Lowertown Historic District". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14. See also: "Accompanying six photos".
  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • Bio from Appleton's Encyclopedia, at Famous Americans
  • Google Books The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 31, 34 and 362; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)

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Party political offices
Preceded by Whig nominee for Governor of New York
1850, 1852
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 34th congressional district

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of New York
Succeeded by
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