Biography of John Hunt
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Hunt, John, whose name forms a part of the history of the whaling industry in New Bedford, died at Minneapolis, Miun., whither he had gone for his health, on the 5th day of August, 1862, in the fiftieth year of his age. He was a son of Benjamin and Abigail Hunt, born in Little Compton, R. I., June 12, 1813. When very young he came to New Bedford and in a short time found a position as clerk, in the employ of Henry Taber. Mr. Taber was quick to recognize the young man's sterling good sense and qualities, and soon admitted him to partnership, together with his son William Taber, the firm being changed to Henry Taber & Company. The history of this firm, as the owners of the celebrated Boston and New York packet lines, and as leaders in the whaling business, is well known. Mr. Hunt gave to it all his energy and developed a rare executive and administrative ability. He never sought publicity, but for several successive terms was a member of the Board of Aldermen, and that he filled no other public positions, was not due to any lack of the public's appreciation of his worth, or of a desire to honor him, but to his utter aversion to anything like display. Sincere, frank, and true, he had many friends and few enemies. His exemplary standing in the community could have had no more befittilig testimonial than the words which closed his brief obituary in the New Bedford Mercury, "John Hunt was an honest man." Mr. Hunt was twice married. His first wife was Sarah Gordon, by whom he had one child. Thomas G. Hunt of New York. His second wife was Abby Taber, daughter of Henry Taber, by whom he had a daughter, Sarah G. Hunt.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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