William Henry Hunt (judge)

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William Henry Hunt
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
January 31, 1928 – November 30, 1928
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
February 8, 1911 – January 31, 1928
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded bySeat established by 36 Stat. 539
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the Ninth Circuit
In office
February 8, 1911 – December 31, 1911
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded bySeat established by 36 Stat. 539
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Judge of the United States Commerce Court
In office
February 8, 1911 – December 13, 1913
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded bySeat established by 36 Stat. 539
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals
In office
March 30, 1910 – January 31, 1911
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded bySeat established by 36 Stat. 11
Succeeded byGeorge Ewing Martin
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana
In office
April 19, 1904 – March 30, 1910
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byHiram Knowles
Succeeded byCarl L. Rasch
Governor of Puerto Rico
In office
September 15, 1901 – July 4, 1904
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byCharles Herbert Allen
Succeeded byBeekman Winthrop
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
1889
Personal details
Born
William Henry Hunt

(1857-11-05)November 5, 1857
New Orleans, Louisiana
DiedFebruary 4, 1949(1949-02-04) (aged 91)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Educationread law

William Henry Hunt (November 5, 1857 – February 4, 1949) was a territorial Governor of Puerto Rico, a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana, Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals and a United State Circuit Judge of the United States Customs Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Circuit Courts for the Ninth Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Born on November 5, 1857, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Hunt read law in 1880. He entered private practice in Fort Benton, Montana Territory from 1880 to 1887. He was Collector of Customs for the Montana Territory and Idaho Territory from 1881 to 1885. He was a delegate to the Montana Constitutional Convention in 1884. He was Attorney General of the Montana Territory from 1885 to 1887. He was a member of the Montana House of Representatives in 1889. He was a Judge of the Montana District Court for the First Judicial District from 1889 to 1894. He was a Justice of the Montana Supreme Court from 1894 to 1900. He was the Secretary of Puerto Rico from 1900 to 1901. He was Governor of Puerto Rico from 1901 to 1904.[1]

Notable orders as Governor[edit]

During his governorship, Hunt signed numerous Executive Orders, including those that made Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day legal holidays in Puerto Rico.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Hunt was nominated by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 14, 1904, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Montana vacated by Judge Hiram Knowles. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 19, 1904, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on March 30, 1910, due to his elevation to the United States Court of Customs Appeals.[1]

Hunt was nominated by President William Howard Taft on March 9, 1910, to the United States Court of Customs Appeals (later the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals), to a new Associate Judge seat authorized by 36 Stat. 11. He was confirmed by the Senate on March 30, 1910, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on January 31, 1911, due to his elevation to the Commerce Court and Ninth Circuit.[1]

Hunt was nominated by President Taft on December 12, 1910, to the United States Commerce Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Circuit Courts for the Ninth Circuit, to a new joint seat authorized by 36 Stat. 539. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 31, 1911, and received his commission on February 8, 1911. On December 31, 1911, the Circuit Courts were abolished and he thereafter served on the Commerce Court and Court of Appeals. On December 13, 1913, the Commerce Court was abolished and he thereafter served only on the Court of Appeals. He assumed senior status on January 31, 1928. His service terminated on November 30, 1928, due to his retirement.[1]

Later career and death[edit]

Following his retirement from the federal bench, Hunt resumed private practice in San Francisco, California from 1928 to 1942. He died on February 4, 1949, in Charlottesville, Virginia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e William Henry Hunt at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Second Annual Report of the Governor or Porto Rico. (1902–1903) William H. Hunt. August 1, 1903. Page 60. Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 11 June 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Herbert Allen
Governor of Puerto Rico
1901–1904
Succeeded by
Beekman Winthrop
Legal offices
Preceded by
Hiram Knowles
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Montana
1904–1910
Succeeded by
Carl L. Rasch
Preceded by
Seat established by 36 Stat. 11
Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals
1910–1911
Succeeded by
George Ewing Martin
Preceded by
Seat established by 36 Stat. 539
Judge of the United States Commerce Court
1911–1913
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 36 Stat. 539
Judge of the United States Circuit Courts for the Ninth Circuit
1911
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 36 Stat. 539
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1911–1928
Succeeded by
Seat abolished