Berkeley County, West Virginia Moses T. HUNTER


         Moses T. HUNTER was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, in 1790, the son of Moses Hunter, one of the clerks of the Court of Berkeley County and one of the Presidential electors who cast the vote of Virginia for George Washington. He was a lawyer of brilliant oratorical powers and sound reasoning and inherited the famous “Red House,” 1 mile north of Martinsburg, which was known as the birthplace of Berkeley County. It was there the first session of the Court of Berkeley County was held May 19, 1772.

         Moses T. Hunter was an attorney, with the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Frederick, and the District Court of Chancery at Winchester, Virginia (which had jurisdiction over 15 or 20 counties) in his circuit. In April 1827, Edward Colston, a Federalist, and Moses T. Hunter, a Democrat, were elected to the House of Delegates of Virginia without opposition. He died at Winchester, Virginia, at the home of his brother-in-law, Chemcellor Tucker, on June 4, 1829, when he was 39.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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