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HUNT, William Henry, lawyer, born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1824; died in St. Petersburg, Russia, 27 February, 1884. He was educated at Yale, but not graduated, removed to New Orleans, where he was admitted to the bar, and for several years was professor of commercial law and the law of evidence in the law school of that city. He took little part in politics, but was a consistent Unionist throughout the civil war. In March, 1876, he was appointed attorney-general of the state, and in the same year was the Republican candidate for this office. Both parties claimed the victory in the election, but the Democratic state government was recognized by President Hayes. In 1878 he was appointed judge of the court of claims, and in 1881 he became secretary of the navy. Previous to his nomination to this office, the bar of Louisiana, without respect to party, had unanimously recommended Mr. Hunt to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Justice Strong from the supreme court of the United States. The reorganization of the cabinet on the death of President Garfield retired him from his office, and in 1882 he was appointed minister to Russia.--His elder brother, Randall, was among the most eminent lawyer's at the Louisiana bar, ranking with Christian Roselius and Judah P. Benjamin.
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