Lt. Col. CSA William Henry Hunt

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Lt. Col. CSA William Henry Hunt

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
Death: February 27, 1884 (60)
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Place of Burial: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Hunt and Louise Hunt
Husband of Sarah Harrison Hunt and Elizabeth Augusta Hunt
Father of Ridgely Hunt; Thomas Hunt; Randall Hunt; Hon. William Henry Hunt, Jr.; Rear Admiral Livingston Hunt and 2 others
Brother of Theodore Gaillard Hunt, Judge; Randell Hunt, US Senator, dsp; Louisa Hunt; Cordelia Briscoe; Floride Peyre Hunt and 6 others

Occupation: Ambassador, Secretary of the Navy, ex-Minister to Russia
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About Lt. Col. CSA William Henry Hunt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Hunt

William Henry Hunt (June 12, 1823 – February 27, 1884) was the United States Secretary of the Navy under President James Garfield and briefly under President Chester A. Arthur.

William Henry Hunt was the United States Secretary of the Navy under President James Garfield and briefly under President Chester A. Arthur.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Hunt studied law at Yale. He finished his professional training in his brothers' office in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was admitted to the bar in 1844. Hunt opposed secession and favored the Union cause. He was nevertheless drafted into the Confederate Army and commissioned lieutenant colonel. However, he managed to avoid involvement in military operations until Admiral David Farragut captured New Orleans.

In March 1876, Hunt was appointed Attorney-General of Louisiana, and in July of that year he was the Republican candidate for this office. Both parties claimed victory in the election, but Hunt lost the position when President Rutherford B. Hayes recognized the Democratic government of the State. As compensation, the President appointed him Associate Judge of the United States Court of Claims, May 15, 1878. He served in this capacity until he became President Garfield's Secretary of the Navy in 1881.

Secretary Hunt rendered invaluable service by reporting that the Navy, grossly neglected after the Civil War, was no longer able to protect Americans abroad. He appointed the first Naval Advisory Board which undertook the work of rebuilding the Navy, emasculated by public apathy and lack of funds. After Vice President Arthur succeeded Garfield in the presidency, he retired Hunt from the cabinet by appointing him Minister to Russia on April 7, 1882.

Hunt died February 27, 1884, while representing the United States in Saint Petersburg, and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Namesakes Two ships in the United States Navy have been named USS Hunt for him.

USS Hunt (DD-194), a Clemson-class destroyer, commissioned in 1919 and decommissioned in 1922. She served in the United States Coast Guard from 1930 to 1934. She was recommissioned in 1940, transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Broadway, served in World War II and scrapped in 1945.

USS Hunt (DD-674), a Fletcher-class destroyer, commissioned in 1943, served in World War II and decommissioned in 1963

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Lt. Col. CSA William Henry Hunt's Timeline

1823
June 12, 1823
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
1854
January 31, 1854
Age 30
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
1855
May 16, 1855
Age 31
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
1856
October 30, 1856
Age 33
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
1857
November 5, 1857
Age 34
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
1859
November 3, 1859
Age 36
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
1861
February 4, 1861
Age 37
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
1862
September 8, 1862
Age 39
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, United States
1884
February 27, 1884
Age 60
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia