Governor Jonathan Glidden Hunton
As found in REPRESENTATIVE MEN OF MAINE
A Collection of Biographical Sketches of all the Governors since the formation of the State.
Prepaired under the direction of Henry Chase
Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher
1893

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JONATHAN GLIDDEN HUNTON, fourth Governor of Maine by election, was born in Unity, N. H., March 14, and was a son of Josiah and Hannah (Glidden) Hunton. His father was a Major in the Revolutionary Army and many years Town Clerk of Unity. He traces his descent from Philip, who is believed to have been the emigrant ancestor of the family, and came from the Isle of Jersey, as follows, viz., Philip-1, John-2, Charles-3, Josiah-4, Jonathan G-5.

The name is spelled variously but more frequently as above, although the records of Exeter, N. H., show a grant of thirty acres of land to "phillip huntune" in 1697. The name is, most likely, on this record spelled as then pronounced, and justifies the continuance of that pronounciation without regard to the spelling. Philip must have come to Exeter, N. H., before 1687, for his marriage with Elizabeth Hall, his employer's daughter, is of that year. In he was in Kingston, N. H., and July 12, 1710, he and his son Samuel were attacked by the Indians while working in his field. 'I'he son was killed, and Philip carried to Canada, where he was detained for two years as a prisoner of war. He probably had a second wife, for he left a widow, Hannah. He died May to, 1752, "very ancient."

The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools, and while a young man went to Readfleld and studied law in the office of his uncle, Samuel P. Glidden, the first lawyer who established himself in Readfield. He succeeded to his uncle's business and married his widow.

Mr. Hunton was a National Republican, and was at the time of his nomination for Governor, in 1829, a member of the Executive Council. He served as Governor for the year 1830; he was renominated for a second term, but failed of an election. Governor H unton was afterwards elected State Senator. Soon after the expiration of his term of office he moved to Dixmont, Me., where he practiced his profession for several years, and subsequently moved to Fairfield.

The Portland Advertiser referring to and advocating his renomination, says: "There never was a period when Governor Hunton stood higher in the affections of the people; there never was a time when he could command so many votes as at the present moment. We speak from personal observation, when we say that many are becoming his strongest friends who were reluctant to support him at. the last election, and no man has obtained more friends from personal acquaintance in so short a time. We know no Executive whose measures have met with a more cordial approbation. In fact, Governor Hunton, who but a year ago was unknown to the people as a public man, except by his assiduity in the Council, has steadily acquired a reputation and an influence of which he will not easily be deprived."

Governor Hunton was one of the first, if not the first Chief Executive to advocate the establishment of an asylum for the care of the unfortunate insane of our State, and it is believed that it was largely through his instrumentalities the work of building that beneficent institution was begun.

He was twice married, first to Betsey Craig. who died November 7, 1819, and second to Mary Glidden, the widow of his uncle; she deceased November 8, 1861. aged eighty-two years. Two children are mentioned. Lewis and Mary: both died young. He died suddenly, October 12, 1851, at Fairfield, Me., aged seventy years. His remains were carried to Readfield for burial.



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