DANIEL OTIS HUNT.
Few men of a past generation in Napa county were held in higher esteem than was the late Daniel Otis Hunt, whose
death occurred in 1915, and his memory will long be revered by the vast host of people who knew and admired him.
He was one of the sterling pioneer citizens to whom this communoy owes so much, for he came here in an early day
and exerted every possible effort to advance the best interests of this section, where his beneficent influence
is still felt. Mr. Hunt was a New Englander by nativity, having been born and reared in Concord, New Hampshire;
the birthplace of so many of our country's noted men. In his youth he was a friend and associate of Emerson, Hawthorne
and others who later became famous.
In 1850, at the age of eighteen years, Mr. Hunt came to California, by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and located
in San Francisco, where his cousin, George Wright, had established the first bank. Mr. Hunt had brought some money
with him from the east, and part of this he wisely invested in San Francisco real estate, likewise owning a ranch
on the San Bruno road. He was interested in the lending of money on real estate and was an active, prominent and
influential figure in those early days, displaying a keen business ability and soundness of judgment that would
have done credit to an older and more experienced business man. In 1861 Mr. Hunt came to St. Helena and acquired
large tracts of land, both ranch and town property. He was one of the founders of St. Helena and took a keen interest
in the subsequent growth and development of the community. In 1887, with D. B. Carver, he founded the Carver National
Bank, now the First National Bank, of St. Helena, the first national bank established in Napa county. He never
relinquished his connection with that institution, and he served ably and efficiently as its president from 1899
to 1911. The original incorporators of the bank were D. B. Carver, W. B. Bourn, M. G. Richie, Daniel. 0. Hunt,
David Rutherford and A. L. Williams, all 'prominent figures in the early history of this locality. Mr. Hunt was
essentially public-spirited and contributed in countless ways to the prosperity and welfare of the community in
the establishment of which he had been so influential a factor His is the story of a life whose success was measured
by its usefulness, and he is remembered as a man of great energy and rare judgment. His death removed from Napa
county one of her most substantial and highly esteemed citizens, and the many beautiful tributes to his high standing
in the world of affairs attested to the abiding place he had in the hearts and affections of his myriad of friends.
Mr. Hunt was twice married, his second wife, who survives him, having borne the maiden name of Clara A. Blodgett.
She is a native of New Hampshire and is a woman of excellent character. She was one of the founders and the first
president of the Woman's Improvement Club of St. Helena. Mrs. Hunt takes an active part in church and community
life and has a host of warm personal friends throughout this community.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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