Ward E. Hunt

June 14, 1810
March 24, 1886
Home Town:
Utica, NY
Later Residences:
Utica, NY
Mary Ann Savage Hunt (1837)
Maria Taylor Hunt (1853)
Biographical Notes:
Ward E. Hunt was a descendent of Thomas Hunt who resided in Stamford, CT in 1650. His parents were Montgomery Hunt, a Cashier at the First National Bank of Utica, and his wife Elizabeth Stringham.

Hunt attended Oxford and Geneva Academies and in 1827 entered Hamilton College. He later transferred to Union and graduated with honors in 1828. He began his legal studies at the Litchfield Law School prior to his return to Utica, New York and entering the law office of Judge Hirman Denio. Hunt was admitted to the bar in 1831, but spent that winter in the south due to his poor health.

Upon his return to New York, he began a partnership with Judge Denio and they soon had a flourishing practice. He then married Mary Ann Savage of Salem, New York and they had two children. His ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Attended the Oxford Academy, Geneva Academy, and entered Hamilton College in 1827. He later studied at Union College in 1828.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
NY in 1831
Political Party:
Democrat; Free-Soil; Republican
Federal Posts:
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1872-1882
State Posts:
State Representative (NY) 1838
Judge of the State Court of Appeals (NY) 1865
Chief Justice of the State Court of Appeals (NY) 1868
Local Posts:
Mayor (Utica, NY) 1844

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1848), 23.
Secondary Sources:
NY Times 25 March 1886; NY Tribune 25 March 1886; Wyman, Thomas Bellows. Genealogy of the Name and Family of Hunt. J. Wilson and Son, 1863.; Fitch, Charles Elliott. Encyclopedia of Biography of New York. The American Historical Society, Inc., 1916.; Daly, Charles Patrick, et al. History of the Bench and Bar of New York. New York History Company, 1897.

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