Born in Belfast, Hungerford was employed by the Irish Unionist Party from 1912. In 1921, he became Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Council, serving until 1941, and was also Secretary of the Ulster Unionist Labour Association. At the Northern Ireland general election, 1929, Hungerford was elected to represent Belfast Oldpark. He was also knighted in 1929.
Hungerford was appointed as an Assistant Whip in 1933, and given the title "Assistant Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Finance". In 1941, he moved to become Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Commerce. In 1943 he moved to the same post in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and in 1944 to Health and Local Government, before becoming Chief Whip in November, serving until the 1945 general election, when he lost his seat.
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