Biography of Hon. Isaac L. Hunt
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





Hon. Isaac L. Hunt. - Honored, respected and esteemed throughout the North Country is Isaac L. Hunt, of Watertown, who has been a practicing attorney in Jefferson County for almost 60 years. He was born at Salisbury, Herkimer County, N. Y., Dec. 4, 1850, the son of Rev. Isaac L. and Judith (Lamberson) Hunt.

Rev. Isaac L. Hunt was born in Dutchess County, N. Y. Dec. 5, 1808, and his wife was born in Herkimer County, April 18, 1818. He was a professor in Cazenovia Seminary for a number of years, and during his career as a minister had charges at Rome, Fulton, Potsdam, and Lowville. He died in 1892 and his wife died in 1903. Both are buried at Adams, N. Y. Their children were: Helen, Ida, and Cornelius, all deceased; Hattie R., who died in 1925, was the wife of Rev. W. E. Reynolds, of Adams, N. Y.; and Isaac L., the subject of this sketch.

The early education of Isaac L. Hunt was received in St. Lawrence Academy at Potsdam, and he attended Falley Seminary and Cazenovia Seminary. He was graduated from Hungerford Collegiate Institute in 1870 and received the degree of LL. B. from Union College in 1872. In the latter year he was admitted to the bar and at the present time is the oldest living member in point of admission to the Jefferson County Bar Association. His professional life has been spent in Watertown, and he has also been identified with the city's financial life, at the present time being president of the Watertown Savings Bank. He was made a director of the Merchants Bank in 1872 and was a member of the board of directors of the National Bank and Loan Company until its consolidation with the Northern New York Trust Company, of which he became a director. Since 1907 he has been active head of the Watertown National Bank.

Mr. Hunt was elected as a member of the state legislature in 1881, and served as a member of that body for three years. It was during that time that his friendship was formed with the late Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Hunt has served as president of the Jefferson County Historical Society, and is the oldest living president of the Watertown Y. it C. A., having been elected to that office in 1874.

On Sept. 1, 1874, Mr. Hunt was united in marriage with Miss Alice A. Gilbert, the daughter of Hon. A. and Julia A. (Scott) Gilbert, natives of Connecticut. Mr. Gilbert served as a member of congress and was prominent in the financial life of Adams, N. Y. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have no children.

Politically, Mr. Hunt has always been a Republican, and for many years was a member of the New York State Republican Committee, as well as the Republican Executive Committee. He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Watertown Chamber of Commerce. He also belongs to the Black River Valley Club.

Mr. Hunt is greatly interested in dairy farming and is the owner of three fine dairy farms, which are adjacent to Adams. Since 1890 he has been widely known as a breeder of pure bred Swiss cattle. He has served as president of the Brown Swiss National Cattle Association of the United States, and for several years was president of the New York State Dairymen's Association.

Mr. Hunt lives in the village of Adams.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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