William Hunter (Assistant Secretary of State)

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William Hunter.

William Hunter, Jr. (1805–1886) was a politician and diplomat from Rhode Island. He was a confidential clerk to Secretary of State John Clayton in the United States Department of State from 1849 to 1850, serving with George P. Fisher. He had served as acting Secretary of State on three occasions, once in 1853, again in 1860, and to temporarily substitute for Secretary William H. Seward[1] after his injury in a carriage accident and subsequent wounding in an attack concurrent with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He also served as Chief Clerk of the State Department from 1852 to 1855, Assistant Secretary of State in 1855 and Second Assistant Secretary of State from 1866 until his death in 1886.

Political offices
Preceded by
William S. Derrick
Chief Clerk of the United States State Department
May 17, 1852 – May 7, 1855
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ambrose Dudley Mann
United States Assistant Secretary of State
May 9, 1855 – October 31, 1855
Succeeded by
John Addison Thomas
Preceded by
United States Second Assistant Secretary of State
July 27, 1866 – July 22, 1886
Succeeded by
Alvey A. Adee


  1. ^ The Daily Age, "Official Announcement of the Induction of President Johnson," Philadelphia, April 17, 1865, p. 1