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Whiteside Godfrey HUNTER

(1841-1917)

HUNTER, Whiteside Godfrey, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Belfast, Ireland, December 25, 1841; completed preparatory studies; immigrated to the United States in 1858 and settled in New Castle, Pa.; studied medicine in Philadelphia and was admitted to practice; surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War; moved to Burkesville, Cumberland County, Ky., at the close of the war; member of the State house of representatives 1874-1878; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880 and 1892; United States Minister to Guatemala and Honduras from November 8, 1897, to December 8, 1902; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress and for election in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress; elected to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected to the Fifty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Vincent S. Boreing and served from November 10, 1903, to March 3, 1905; was not a candidate for renomination in 1904; interested in public utilities and the development of oil lands; resided in Louisville, Ky., until his death there on November 2, 1917; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.

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

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