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Hunt, Walterlocked

(29 July 1796–08 June 1859)
  • 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....

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