Memucan Hunt

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Memucan Hunt
Born 1729
Virginia
Died 1808
Nationality American
Occupation Planter, politician
Relatives Memucan Hunt, Jr. (grandson)

Memucan Hunt (1729–1808) was an early American statesman and the first person to hold the position of North Carolina State Treasurer in its current form.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Memucan Hunt was born in 1729 in Virginia.

Career[edit]

He moved to Granville County (now Vance), where he became a planter. He owned nearly 16,000 acres (65 km²) of land, 22 slaves, two horses, four mares, 14 head of cattle and 33 hogs.[1]

At the age of 41, in 1770, Hunt was chosen Sergeant-at-Arms of the colonial North Carolina General Assembly and in 1773 was elected as Representative to the Assembly from Granville County. When the spirit of independence began to rise in the colony, Hunt represented Granville County in the five Provincial Congresses. In 1777, with the War for Independence underway, the fiscal needs of the colony were among its greatest concerns. Hunt was appointed Treasurer of the Hillsborough district, one of six district treasurers in the State at that time. He continued to hold office in the General Assembly and in 1779 was elected to the State Senate, serving as a member of the Committee of Accounts.

In November 1783, the General Assembly, in session at New Bern, abolished the district treasurer offices and established the singular fiscal position of State Treasurer and elected Hunt to fill the post. He took office on January 1, 1784, at a salary of 500 pounds per year. During his term in office, he unwittingly honored fraudulent claims for military service stemming from the Revolutionary War (paying too generously soldiers who had fought in the Revolutionary War, and in some cases, paying soldiers who had not fought at all), which resulted in both litigation and hearings by the General Assembly. While he was not charged with malfeasance, he was defeated for re-election in 1787 by John Haywood. Hunt retired from politics to Granville County, where he became a wealthy planter and served as justice of the peace until 1792.

Death[edit]

He died in 1808.

Legacy[edit]

His grandson, Memucan Hunt, Jr., was the namesake for Hunt County, Texas.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, William S. Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol. III. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988, p. 232.
  2. ^ Ray, Worth Stickley, Austin Colony Pioneers, Including History of Bastrop, Fayette, Grimes, Montgomery and Washington Counties, Texas Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995, p. 147.
  3. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - HUNT, MEMUCAN

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