W. Godfrey Hunter

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Hunter in 1887

Whiteside Godfrey Hunter (December 25, 1841 - November 2, 1917) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born near Belfast, Ireland, Hunter completed preparatory studies. Immigrated to the United States in 1858 and settled in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He studied medicine in Philadelphia and was admitted to practice. Surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War. He moved to Burkesville, Kentucky, at the close of the war. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1874-1878. He served as delegate to the 1880 and 1892 Republican National Conventions. United States Minister to Guatemala and Honduras from November 8, 1897, to December 8, 1902.

Hunter was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress and for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress.

Hunter was elected to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress.

Hunter was elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Vincent S. Boreing and served from November 10, 1903, to March 3, 1905. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1904. He was interested in public utilities and the development of oil lands. Resided in Louisville, Kentucky, until his death there on November 2, 1917. He was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Edward Halsell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1887–March 3, 1889
Succeeded by
Isaac Goodnight
Preceded by
Isaac Goodnight
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1895–March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
John Stockdale Rhea
Preceded by
Vincent S. Boreing
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 11th congressional district

November 10, 1903–March 3, 1905
Succeeded by
Don C. Edwards
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Macgrane Coxe
United States Minister to Guatemala
January 25, 1898–February 2, 1903
Succeeded by
Leslie Combs
United States Minister to Honduras
January 19, 1899–February 2, 1903

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