He initially had a casual interest in the game, but by the late 1920s he was winning tournaments throughout the American South. He entered his first US Open of the game in 1929 finishing fifth. In 1934 he won his first US title. After that he had periods of withdrawal and return with the final success being US co-champion in 1962. After that he retired from the game and died in 1981.
He was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and was the only student in the 20th century to receive the Founder's Medal both at the undergraduate level and in the Vanderbilt Law School. (The Founder's Medal is given to the student with the highest GPA.) He practiced law in the State's Attorney General's office, was an attorney with the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway, and finally became a partner in the Nashville law firm of Howard, Davis, Boult and Hunt.
Edwin married Katherine Flinn and had two daughters, Cary Bruns Hunt and Nancy Mai Hunt.