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William Henry Hunt (June 12, 1823 – February 27, 1884) was the 29th United States Secretary of the Navy, Minister to the Russian Empire and a Judge of the Court of Claims.

William H. Hunt
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Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Russian Empire
In office
August 23, 1882 – February 27, 1884
PresidentChester A. Arthur
Preceded byJohn W. Foster
Succeeded byAlphonso Taft
29th United States Secretary of the Navy
In office
March 7, 1881 – April 16, 1882
PresidentJames A. Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Preceded byNathan Goff Jr.
Succeeded byWilliam E. Chandler
Judge of the Court of Claims
In office
May 15, 1878 – March 11, 1881
Appointed byRutherford B. Hayes
Preceded byEbenezer Peck
Succeeded byGlenni William Scofield
Attorney General of Louisiana
In office
1876
GovernorWilliam Pitt Kellogg
Preceded byAlexander Pope Field
Succeeded byHiram R. Steele
Personal details
Born
William Henry Hunt

(1823-06-12)June 12, 1823
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedFebruary 27, 1884(1884-02-27) (aged 60)
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
EducationYale University
Yale Law School
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Education and careerEdit

Born on June 12, 1823, in Charleston, South Carolina,[1] Hunt attended Yale University and Yale Law School, then read law with Theodore Hunt and Randell Hunt in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] He entered private practice in New Orleans from 1844 to 1878.[1] He served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army in 1862.[1] He was an Acting Professor of Civil Law for the University of Louisiana (now Tulane University) in 1866.[1] He was Attorney General of Louisiana from 1876 to 1877.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Hunt was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes on April 18, 1878, to a seat on the Court of Claims (later the United States Court of Claims) vacated by Judge Ebenezer Peck.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 15, 1878, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on March 11, 1881, due to his resignation.[1]

Secretary of the NavyEdit

Hunt served as United States Secretary of the Navy from 1881 to 1882, in the cabinets of President James A. Garfield and President Chester A. Arthur.[1]

Minister to Russia and deathEdit

Hunt served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Russian Empire for the United States Department of State from 1882 to 1884.[1] He died on February 27, 1884, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire.[1]

NamesakesEdit

Two ships in the United States Navy have been named USS Hunt for Hunt.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Hunt, William Henry - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.

SourcesEdit

  • "Hunt, William Henry - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  • The United States Court of Claims : a history / pt. 1. The judges, 1855-1976 / by Marion T. Bennett / pt. 2. Origin, development, jurisdiction, 1855-1978 / W. Cowen, P. Nichols, M.T. Bennett. Washington, D.C.: Committee on the Bicentennial of Independence and the Constitution of the Judicial Conference of the United States. 1976.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander Pope Field
Attorney General of Louisiana
1876
Succeeded by
Hiram R. Steele
Preceded by
Ebenezer Peck
Judge of the Court of Claims
1878–1881
Succeeded by
Glenni William Scofield
Government offices
Preceded by
Nathan Goff Jr.
29th United States Secretary of the Navy
1881–1882
Succeeded by
William E. Chandler
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John W. Foster
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Russian Empire
1882–1884
Succeeded by
Alphonso Taft