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John Ward HUNTER

(1807-1900)

HUNTER, John Ward, a Representative from New York; born in Bedford (now a part of Brooklyn), N.Y., October 15, 1807; received a liberal schooling; clerk in a wholesale grocery store in New York City in 1824; clerk in the United States customhouse at New York City 1831-1836; assistant auditor of the customhouse 1836-1865; engaged in banking as treasurer of the Dime Savings Bank in Brooklyn; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Humphrey and served from December 4, 1866, to March 3, 1867; censured by the House of Representatives on January 26, 1867, for the use of unparliamentary language; was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; mayor of Brooklyn in 1875 and 1876; resumed banking; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., April 16, 1900; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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