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Memorable Manitobans: John D. Hunt (1861-1940)

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John D. Hunt
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Educator, lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Southwold, Ontario on 30 March 1861, he was educated at St. Thomas then graduated from the London Collegiate Institute. He taught in Ontario from 1876 to 1880 then, moving to Manitoba, he served as principal of a Winnipeg school from 1881 to 1886 and inspector of schools at Brandon from 1887 to 1890. In the latter year he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA degree and, three years later, was called to the Manitoba Bar.

He practiced law at Carberry in partnership with R. M. Noble until around 1909 when he moved to Winnipeg as a member of the firm of Hunt, Noble and Card. He later moved to Alberta where he received an appointment in the provincial government service, holding positions as inspector of legal offices, deputy attorney-general, law clerk and clerk of the executive council. He wrote several books and essays on economic and political subjects. He was a Liberal candidate for the Norfolk constituency in the 1903 provincial general election.

Retiring in 1935, he died at Edmonton, Alberta on 16 March 1940.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Support hunt for the commission,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 January 1909.

“John D. Hunt, 80, dies in Edmonton,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 91]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 September 2018

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