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A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
WILLIAM A HUNT is one of the brilliant and resourceful members of the
Ottumwa bar. He has enjoyed a large patronage as a lawyer, and is a man of many
interesting connections and associations with his home community and state. The
Republican party organization regards him as one of its ablest young leaders
Mr. Hunt was born in Davis County, Iowa, December 17, 1887, a son of Charles
E. and Clara B. (Colston) Hunt, and grandson of Thomas A. Hunt, who came
from Virginia to Iowa in the early 1850's and served with an Iowa regiment in
the Union army. The maternal grandfather, William Colston, was born in
England, came to the United States and located in Iowa prior to the Civil war, and
during the war was a member of the Sixth Iowa Cavalry. Before leaving the
military service he participated in several Indian campaigns. Mr. Hunt's father,
Rev. Charles E. Hunt, was also born in Davis County, Iowa, and devoted his
active life to the ministry of the Christian Church. He and his wife had two
sons, William A. and Elmer, the latter of whom was also an attorney, located
at Creston, Iowa.
William A. Hunt was graduated in 1906 from the Southern Iowa Normal School
at Bloomfield in Davis County. He then spent over six years in the University
of Iowa. He was graduated from the liberal arts course in 1910, completed
the work of the college of law in 1912 and remained for a year in the graduate
school. Mr. Hunt was admitted to the bar in 1912 and for three years
practiced in the State of Ohio. He then returned to Iowa, and has since been
located at Ottumwa. He was city solicitor from 1919 to 1925, inclusive, and since
1926 has been chairman of the Wapello County Republican Central Committee.
He is a member of the Wapello County, Iowa State and American Bar
Mr. Hunt came in for some unusual honors in the political campaign of 1928,
being made temporary and permanent chairman and keynote speaker in the Iowa
Republican State Convention at Des Moines on July 18, 1928. In the same
campaign he was presidential elector at large from Iowa. Mr. Hunt is a director
of the Ottumwa Y. M. C. A., a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a past
president of the Kiwanis Club, is a Knight Templar and Scottish Rite Mason and
Shriner and a member of the Knights of Pythias, B. P. O. Elks, Moose and Yoemen.
During the World war he was chairman of the Wapello County four-minute
speakers. Mr. Hunt and family are members of the First Christian Church and take
and active part in that organization.
Mr. Hunt married at Des Moines in 1911 Miss Grace Toulouse, daughter of
Joseph H. and Priscilla (Wayne) Toulouse. Mrs. Hunt is of French ancestry, and
her mother was a direct descendant of the family of the famous "Mad Anthony"
Wayne. Mrs. Hunt is a prominent factor in social and civic organizations,
being a past matron of the Eastern Star Chapter, is a member of the Ottumwa
Woman's Club and has given much time to the work of the home beautiful and
gardening movement. Her own home is a contribution to the ideals of this
movement. It is known as Torbin Hill, being located on the summit of one of
Ottumwa's heights, commanding a fine view of the Des Moines River Valley and
surrounding country. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt have spent a great deal of time and labor in
landscaping the grounds. They have three children: William A., Jr., who
graduated from the Ottumwa High School in 1929 and is now an Iowa representative
in the United States Military Academy at West Point; Dorothy, who graduated
from the Ottumwa High School in 1929 and is a student in the University of
Iowa at Iowa City; and J. Paul, attending high school.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Site