Hunt as depicted in Volume V (1891) of the "Vermont Historical Gazetteer".
|1st Lieutenant Governor of Vermont|
|Born||September 12, 1738|
|Died||June 1, 1823 (aged 84)|
|Resting place||North Vernon Cemetery, North Vernon, Vermont|
|Spouse(s)||Lavinia (Swan) Hunt|
Lewis R. Morris
|Children||Ellen Francis Hunt|
Lavina S. Hunt
|Parents||Samuel Strong Hunt|
Ann (Ellsworth) Hunt
Jonathan Hunt (September 12, 1738 - June 1, 1823) was an American pioneer, landowner and politician from Vernon, Vermont. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont and was a member of the prominent Hunt family of Vermont.
Hunt was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, the son of Captain Samuel Strong Hunt of Northampton and Ann (Ellsworth) Hunt of Windsor, Connecticut. He was one of the earliest settlers of Vermont, and he began clearing land at Guilford, Vermont in 1758.
There are indications that the Hunt family had ties to Vermont even earlier, when Hunt's grandfather Jonathan witnessed a 1687 Massachusetts deed conferring land in what was later Vermont by several Native Americans. Hunt's father, Captain Samuel, had himself been the proprietor named in the charter of many New Hampshire towns.
Hunt held various political positions in Vermont, and served as sheriff of Windham County in 1781. He was high sheriff in 1782, and judge of the Windham County Court in 1783. He served as Lieutenant Governor of the state of Vermont from 1794 to 1796. In 1800 Hunt served as one of Vermont's presidential electors; Vermont was carried by the Federalists, and Hunt cast his ballots for Federalist candidates John Adams and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.
Hunt is considered one of the founders of Vermont as well as one of its earliest pioneers and largest landowners. He lived in Vernon, Vermont, the name suggested by his wife Lavinia (Swan) Hunt, a Massachusetts native and former pupil of President John Adams.
When Hunt was instructed by the Vermont General Assembly to change the name of the town he represented from Hinsdale to Huntstown in his honor, he demurred. He asked his wife, who suggested Vernon instead, making it the only Vermont town said to be named by a woman. The Governor Hunt house, built by Hunt in 1779, and once featured in Herbert W. Congdon's "Old Vermont Houses," is now on the grounds of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Hunt's son, also named Jonathan Hunt, served as a U.S. Congressman from Vermont.
Hunt died in Vernon on June 1, 1823. Governor Hunt Road in Vernon, Vermont is named for Hunt.
Hunt's brother General Arad Hunt, who also lived in Vernon, was general of the Vermont militia, a member of the Westminster Convention of 1777, and a prominent early backer of Middlebury College, to which he donated over 5,000 acres (20 km2) of land in Albany, Vermont. He and his brother were among the largest speculators in Vermont lands, owning tens of thousands of acres across the state.
Hunt married Lavinia Swan on July 15, 1779. They had four children: Ellen Francis Hunt, Anne Hunt, Lavina S. Hunt and Jonathan Hunt. Their son was a U.S. Congressman from Vermont, and their daughter Ellen was married to Lewis R. Morris, U.S. Congressman from Vermont and nephew of statesman Gouverneur Morris.
Hunt's brother-in-law Benjamin Swan served as Vermont's State Treasurer for many years. His brother-in-law Timothy Swan was an eccentric composer and poet who lived in Suffield, Connecticut.) His family would go on to be one of the most prominent in the entire state.
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