Governor Frank W. Hunt

Photo of Governor Frank W. Hunt

Born December 16, 1861, Newport, Kentucky
Died November 25, 1906, Goldfield, Nevada

Frank Hunt, the fifth state Governor of Idaho, was the son of a United Sates Army Officer and lived on numerous army posts during his childhood. As a young man, he made his home in Montana where he worked as a miner. He continued in the same profession after moving to Gibbsonville, Idaho, in 1887. He later mined in Lemhi County.

Elected to the state senate in 1894, he was a driving force in enacting the passage of state mining laws. His next public service was a first lieutenant in the First Idaho Volunteers during the war with Spain. After serving 16 months in the Philippine Islands, he was mustered out of the army with the rank of Captain.

One of the youngest men to be elected, Hunt served from 1901-1902. Retiring from public service, Hunt became president of the Idaho branch of the Werhenhoff Mining and Milling Company of New York. He homesteaded near Emmett, Idaho and retained mining interests in Nevada. While on a business trip to Goldfield, Nevada, he was stricken with pneumonia and died several days later.

Ruth Maynard, granddaughter of the pioneer Boise family, married Hunt in December 1898. They were the parents of two daughters, all buried in Pioneer Cemetery.

Mrs. Hunt lived in Emmett until her death Mar. 26, 1952. She was a leader in the women's suffrage movement and a civic leader in the City of Emmett where she continued her husband's business interests after his death.

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