Henry Jackson Hunt (Mayor of Detroit)

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Henry Jackson Hunt
Mayor of Detroit
In office
Preceded by John R. Williams
Succeeded by Jonathan Kearsley
Personal details
Died 1826
Detroit, Michigan
Spouse(s) Ann MacIntosh

Henry Jackson Hunt (frequently called "Henry I. Hunt")[1] was a politician and businessman from Detroit, Michigan.

Henry Jackson Hunt was born in New York, the first son of American Revolutionary War colonel Thomas Hunt.[1] He arrived in Detroit around 1800 and went into the mercantile and[1] real estate business, in some cases in partnership with Lewis Cass.[2] In 1811,[2] he married Ann MacIntosh, daughter of Angus MacIntosh, a well-to-do fur trader[3] and "Earl of Moy."[2] The couple had no children,[4] but Hunt's brother Samuel named his son after Henry.[5] The younger Henry Jackson Hunt went on to become a brigadier general in the American Civil War.

The elder Henry Jackson Hunt held various political offices in the city, including Colonel of the militia (1800- 1815), County Court Judge (1815), City Assessor (1817), Trustee of the University of Michigan (1821), and in 1826 Mayor of Detroit.[1] Hunt died while in office, on September 15, 1826.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Silas Farmer (1889), THE HISTORY OF DETROIT AND MICHIGAN, p. 1032 
  2. ^ a b c William Stocking; Gordon K. Miller (1922), Clarence Monroe Burton, ed., The city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922, Volume 2, The S. J. Clarke publishing company, pp. 1382, 1444 
  3. ^ Robert B. Ross (1907), The early bench and bar of Detroit from 1805 to the end of 1850, p. 10 
  4. ^ Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan (1884), Pioneer collections, Volume 5, The Society, p. 558 
  5. ^ "Henry Jackson Hunt". FindAGrave.com. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ The government of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan: 1701 to 1907, historical and biographical, 1907, p. 28 
Political offices
Preceded by
John R. Williams
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Jonathan Kearsley