Gen. Jonathan N. Hunt, US Congress

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Jonathan Nephi Hunt

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Vernon Windham County Vermont
Death: May 15, 1832 (44) (cholera)
Place of Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery Brattleboro Windham County Vermont
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Hunt, 1st Lt. Gov. of the state of Vermont and Lavinia Hunt
Husband of Jane Maria Hunt
Father of William Morris Hunt, Artist; Dr. Jonathan Hunt; Richard Morris Hunt and Colonel Leavitt Hunt (USA)
Brother of Ellen Morris

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About Gen. Jonathan N. Hunt, US Congress

General Jonathan Hunt (August 12, 1787 – May 15, 1832) was a member of the United States House of Representatives and the prominent Hunt family of Vermont. He was born in Vernon, Windham County, Vermont, and graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1807. Afterwards, Hunt studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1812. He was first president of the Old Brattleboro Bank in 1821, the first bank established in Brattleboro, a position he held for years afterward. He also carried the rank of General in the Vermont militia, as had his uncle Arad Hunt.

Hunt's father, also named Jonathan, was born in Massachusetts, and was an early pioneer and land speculator in Vermont, where he later served as Lieutenant Governor. His son Jonathan was married to Jane Maria Leavitt of Suffield, Connecticut, from the New England Dwight family heavily involved in the shipping business and in the purchase of the Western Reserve. Congressman Hunt and his wife were parents of three preeminent figures in American art: the painter William Morris Hunt; the architect Richard Morris Hunt; and the early photographer and New York attorney Leavitt Hunt.

Hunt served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives 1811, 1816, 1817, and 1824. He was elected as an Adams candidate to the United States House of Representatives from 1827 to 1832 (the Twentieth, as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first, and Twenty-second Congresses).

The Congressman was a lifelong friend of statesman and orator Daniel Webster. The brick home that Hunt had built in Brattleboro, later known as the Colonel Hooker home, was the first brick home built in town.

A graduate of Dartmouth, Jonathan Hunt served as a trustee of Vermont's Middlebury College, where Hunt family members had been early benefactors.

He died in Washington D.C. while still in office. At his death this son of early Vermont pioneers and land speculators left an estate valued in excess of $150,000. The Congressman was buried in the family plot in the Old Cemetery on the Hill in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Following Hunt's death, his wife Jane took their four children to Geneva, Paris and Rome for an extended Grand Tour that stretched into a dozen years. The Hunt children were able to study the arts in European academies and become part of an American expatriate community in Europe. Three of Congressman Hunt's children returned to America. The fourth, Congressman Hunt's namesake son Jonathan, remained in Paris, where he studied medicine at the University of Paris and subsequently practiced medicine until his early death, a suicide in 1874. (Jonathan Hunt's son William Morris Hunt also committed suicide, at the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire.)

US Congressman. Elected to represent Vermont's 1st District in the Twentieth and two succeeding Congresses, he served from 1827 until his death. Descended from early Vermont settlers, Hunt was born in Vernon and graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1807. In 1812 he was admitted to the bar and settled as a lawyer in Brattleboro.

He served four terms in the State House of Representatives (1811, 1816, 1817, 1824), and in 1821 became first President of the Old Brattleboro Bank. Hunt initially ran for Congress as an Adams candidate before joining the Anti-Jacksonian faction. He died at 44 in Washington, DC, where a cenotaph exists for him at Congressional Cemetery. During his short life he managed to greatly expand his family's financial holdings and at his death the Hunt estate was estimated at $150,000

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Gen. Jonathan N. Hunt, US Congress's Timeline

August 12, 1787
Vernon Windham County Vermont
March 31, 1824
Age 36
Brattleboro, Windham, VT, USA
Age 37
Brattleboro, Windham Co., Vermont
October 31, 1827
Age 40
Brattleboro Windham County Vermont
Age 43
May 15, 1832
Age 44
Prospect Hill Cemetery Brattleboro Windham County Vermont