WILLIAM H. HUNT was born in Salem, Mass., on March 11, 1818 Soon after his birth
his parents moved to Charlestown, and there he was educated in the public and private schools. At the age of fourteen
years he went into a wholesale shoe and leather store in Boston.
In 1840 he moved to Liberty, Me., to engage in tanning and mercantile business, and has resided there until the
present time, having built up a large and prosperous business, which for a long time demanded all his time and
attention. He, therefore, never held any public office, even in town affairs, although frequently importuned to
do so, until January, 1887, when he became a member of the Executive Council of Governors Bodwell and Marble, and
also served on the Republican State Committee, holding this office four years.
In January, 1889, Mr. Hunt became a Senator for Waldo County, and was re-elected for the term following, 1891—2.
In the State Senate he served on Committees on Railroads, Temperance, and State Prison, being chairman of the latter.
In April, 1892, he was appointed, by Governor Burleigh, one of the Trustees of the Maine Insane Hospital.
Previous to his majority he became deeply interested in the anti-slavery movement, which brought him into frequent
intercourse with many of its distinguished workers. He has a vivid recollection of the men, women, and events of
those never-to-be-forgotten times. As a natural result of those associations, he readily found a congenial political
home with the Republican party, upon its organization, and has ever since remained its consistent and devoted adherent.
Clear-headed, broad-minded, and liberal, Mr. Hunt has won, both in public and private life, at home and abroad,
the best kind of success, in every sense of the word.