HUNT, James Bennett, (1799 - 1857)


HUNT, James Bennett, a Representative from Michigan; born in Demerara, British Guiana, South America, August 13, 1799; returned with his father to New York City in 1803; pursued an academic course; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1824 and commenced practice in New York City; moved to Pontiac, Mich., in 1836; judge of the probate court in 1836; appointed commissioner of internal improvement by Governor Mason in March 1837; served as prosecuting attorney of Oakland County 1841-1843; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); appointed register of the land office at Sault Ste. Marie January 1848 and served until June 1849; returned to Pontiac and held the office of circuit court commissioner of Oakland County; moved to Washington, D.C., and died there on August 15, 1857; interment in Congressional Cemetary, Washington, D.C.