- Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Lunt, Orrington (24 December 1815–05 April 1897), merchant and philanthropist, was born in Bowdoinham, Maine, the son of William Webb Lunt, a merchant and state legislator, and Ann Matilda Sumner. After receiving a meager education in local schools, he entered his father’s store at the age of fourteen and by the age of twenty-two had become a partner in the enterprise. He achieved sufficient local stature to serve as both town clerk and treasurer, and upon his father’s retirement from the business he carried on the firm’s affairs in partnership with a brother. Following the panic of 1837, business conditions steadily deteriorated, and Lunt, like so many of his countrymen, turned his sights westward....