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                                       HOMER C. HUNT
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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HOMER C. HUNT

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 80-81

HOMER CONKEY HUNT, a well-known citizen of Evanston, was
born at Martinsburgh, New York, January 27, 1829.  He is a
son of Levi and Roxanna (Smith) Hunt.  His grandfather,
Willard Hunt, was a member of the Massachusetts militia, and
bore a part in the Revolutionary War.  He was a prominent
and influential citizen, and invested largely in Vermont
land.

Levi Hunt, son of the last-mentioned, was born near Boston,
where his ancestors settled about 1635.  Several members of
the Hunt family came from Bristol, England, at that time,
and their posterity now number many people in the vicinity
of Boston.  Levi Hunt moved to Vermont in 1801, and later to
Lewis County, New York, where he became an extensive farmer.
He was a man of unusual discernment and refinement, who
practiced the strictest integrity in financial dealings, and
led an exemplary life in all respects.  He died there in
1856, at the age of seventy-seven years.  Mrs. Roxanna
(Smith) Hunt was born at or near Keene, New Hampshire, and
went with her parents to Washington County, New York.  Her
mother, whose maiden name was Jones, was of Welsh birth.
Mr. and Mrs. Levi Hunt had six daughters and three sons, of
whom but two are now living. One of these is Mrs. Lee, of
Lewis County, New York.

Homer C. Hunt spent his boyhood in his native county, and
completed his education at an academy in Lowville.  At one
time he contemplated studying law, but abandoned that
purpose to try his fortunes in the new West.  In 1854, he
located in Port Washington, Wisconsin, where he engaged in
the mercantile business. He had frequent occasion to visit
Chicago on business, and, becoming convinced of the superior
advantages of that place, removed thither in 1858.  He
accepted a position with a firm dealing in railroad
supplies, and has been connected with that line of business
most of the time since.

Since 1853 he has been a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Upon locating in Evanston, in 1873, he at once united with
the First Presbyterian Church of that city, with which he
has ever since been identified, and in which he has been an
Elder since 1876.  He is well known as an earnest and
enthusiastic worker in the cause of Christianity.

He has ever been a firm advocate of popular education, and
was one of the first men in Evanston who endeavored to
arouse public sentiment regarding the need of appropriate
accommodations for that purpose.  In 1877 he was elected a
member of the Evanston Board of Education, and served nine
years consecutively in that capacity, during which time the
official records of the district were first regularly
preserved, and its financial affairs placed on a systematic
footing.  The founding of a high school there is due to his
efforts as much as to those of any individual.  During Mr.
Huntís administration three ample school buildings were
erected and the district became the owner of school
property.  When he took hold of the work it owned no
unencumbered real estate, and the present prosperous
condition of the public schools is attributable largely to
his energetic and systematic efforts.  He has been
identified with the Republican party since its organization,
and takes a decided stand in matters of national policy,
though never putting himself forward as a candidate for
public patronage.

In 1854 Mr. Hunt was married to Miss Ann M. Gleed, daughter
of Rev. John and Elizabeth Gleed, of Waterville, Vermont.
Mr. Gleed was a dissenting clergyman of Dorsetshire, England
(where Mrs. Hunt was born), and came to America in 1832,
preaching first in Canada, and afterward in Vermont the
balance of his life.  Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are the parents of
four children, as follows:  John Levi, a graduate of the
Northwestern University Law School; Elizabeth, a graduate of
the Northwestern University, with the degrees of B. L. and
M. L., now a teacher in the School of Oratory; and Jessie
and Caroline. The latter is also a graduate of the
Northwestern University, with the degree of B. A., and is
connected with Hull House, Chicago.

Mr. Hunt is a quiet, unobtrusive citizen, earnest and
practical in all his undertakings.  His influence is always
exerted in the cause of human progress, and his motives are
unquestioned by those to whom he is best known.
		




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