Biography of Dr. Richard W. Hunt
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





DR. RICHARD W. HUNT, deceased, was born in Greenwich, Cumberland Co., N. J., in 1780. His father, John Hunt, was one of forty men who, in 1774, took possession of a cargo of tea bound for Philadelphia, which cargo was sent up the Cohonsey River, to Greenwich, where the chests were piled cogether and burned. This was shortly after the destruction of the tea in Boston Harbor. Dr. Hunt's mother, Anne Brewster, was a great granddaughter of Elder William Brewster, who came over in the Mayflower. Dr. Hunt studied medicine in New Jersey and in 1807, he, with some friends, came to Cincinnati, where he learned that there was no physician in Springfield, and that the country was settling rapidly; so in that year he came here and commenced practice; he boarded at Griffith Foos' tavern, and rode far and near, with no roads but Indian trails or cow paths; in 1812 he was appointed surgeon of the 2d Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Division of Ohio militia, which regiment was commanded by Col. John Dougherty. Dr. Hunt was present at the council with the Indians where Tecumseh refused to disarm the Indians, and is said to have been the one who offered that chief the clay pipe which was so indignantly refused. The grove where this council was held was the property of Dr. Hunt (It was a little west and south of what is now known as Vone & Blee's brewery.) He lived to see great changes in the little log towns. In 1818, he wrote to a friend: " Our county last winter was divided into three, and Springfield was made a seat of justice of one, viz., Clark County, though as yet we have no court house. We have four public houses, eleven stores, three physicians, three attorneys, and mechanics of every description; one mill alone in this town manufactures thirty barrels of flour per day; one speculator has sent this season, from this county, 1,300 barrels of flour and 300 barrels of pork to the Orleans market." Dr. Hunt died in Springfield on the 24th day of January, 1848.

NOTE. - This is the Dr. Hunt mentioned by Drake, in his " Life of Tecumseh. and the same is found in connection with several other historical papers, showing that the subject of the above sketch was a contributor to the collections of his day,

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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