- Ann T. Keene
Hunt, Walter (29 July 1796–08 June 1859), inventor, was born in Martinsburg, a rural community in Lewis County, New York, the son of Sherman and Rachel Hunt, farmers. Walter Hunt was the eldest of thirteen children and received a minimal education in a one-room schoolhouse. After leaving school during his teens, Hunt apprenticed locally as a stone mason and eventually settled on his own small farm in nearby Lowville, the seat of Lewis County and the site of a textile mill where many of his family members were employed. In early adulthood he married Polly Loucks, with whom he had four children....