Col. Frank A. Hunter, of the real estate and brokerage firm of Hague-Hunter & Company, with offices at 16
East Broad Street, is one of the most prominent business men and influential citizens of Columbus and Franklin
County. He was born at Sidney, Ohio, November 24, 1888, the son of Frank and Anna M. (Kingseed) Hunter.
A complete sketch of Frank Hunter appears elsewhere in this history.
Frank A. Hunter obtained his early schooling at Holy Angels Parochial School, Sidney, Ohio, and also attended the
Fifth Avenue Public School, Columbus, and North High School, and is a graduate of Aquinas College, and Ohio State
University. Mr. Hunter began the practice of law in 1911 with the firm of Weber, McCoy, Jones & Schoedinger.
In 1914 he was elected to the State Legislature of Ohio as representative from Franklin County on the Democratic
ticket. He was reelected in 1916. On May 14, 1917, immediately following the declaration of war, Mr. Hunter entered
the First Officers Training Camp, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, and received the commission of captain of infantry.
He was assigned to the 330 Infantry, 83rd Division, in command of Company I, at Camp Sherman, Ohio, with which
organization he served, and in May, 1918, went to France. He served as camp commander of "Spur" Camp,
also known as Supply Camp, near LeMans, Department of Sarthe, France, commanding a large personnel. He was later
promoted to the rank of Major and later became Lieutenant Colonel. He returned to the United States in 1919 in
command of troops on board the U. S. S. Edgar F. Luckenbach. He was discharged from service at Camp Sherman, Ohio,
August 31, 1919. The following commendations were received from commanding officers during service. Written across
face of discharge, "Colonel Hunter served the greater part of his military service with my command. His development
as a leader of men was most striking. His work in France in command of a very large camp manifested ability, both
executive and administrative, of a high order. I consider him loyal, able and strong as a leader of men."
E. F. Glenn, Major General, U. S. Army.
Headquarters American Embarkation Center, A. E. F., June 21, 1919. To Lt. Col. Frank Anthony Hunter, "Spur"
Camp: "Upon your departure from this command I want you to know how thoroughly I have appreciated the loyal
and efficient service you have rendered to the government and to these Headquarters since I have been here. Your
problems have been extremely difficult and have required more than ordinary tact, energy and judgment to solve
them, and I can assure you that they have been handled to the entire satisfaction of these Headquarters. I am sure
that your service in the army has been of value to you and that you will return to civil life with an experience
that will be of some assistance to you, as well as something you can be proud of the rest of your life." George
S. Simonds, Brig. Gen. U. S. Army.
Mr. Hunter returned to the practice of law in 1919 and in June, 1920, became attorney for the Banking Department
of the State of Ohio, and served in that capacity until August 20, 1926, when he resigned to become assistant vice
president and trust officer of the Ohio National Bank of Columbus. He resigned in October, 1929, to engage in the
real estate brokerage and investment business under the firm name of Hague-Hunter & Company.
On February 9, 1926, Mr. Hunter married Mary Elizabeth Tussing, of Columbus, the daughter of Louis Benton and Julia
(Miller) Tussing, natives of Franklin County. Mrs. Hunter has a daughter by her former marriage to Walter McDonald,
Mary Virginia Hunter. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter are the parents of a daughter, Patricia Ann, born November 11, 1927.
Mr. Hunter is a Democrat, a member of the Catholic Church, and belongs to Sigma Nu fraternity, Phi Delta Phi legal
fraternity, Knights of Columbus, Young Business Men's Club, Columbus Athletic Club, and Columbus Country Club.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
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Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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