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Title: William P. Hunter
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It is with a great degree of satisfaction to the biographer when he reverts to the life of one who has made the rough path of life smooth by his untiring perseverance, has attained success in any vocation requiring definiteness of purpose and determined action. Such a life, whether it be one of calm, consecutive endeavor, or of sudden accomplishments, must abound in both lesson and incentive and prove a guide to young men whose fortunes are still matters for the future to determine.

William P. Hunter, a successful farmer in Mound township, Warren county, Indiana, was born on November 18, 1854, and is a native of the great Buckeye state. His parents were David and Eilzabeth (Atchinson) Hunter, and the paternal grandfather was William Hunter, a lifelong resident of Ohio. David Hunter was born December 2, 1830, and died on December 11, 1911. He was reared in his native state, Ohio, and there married, his wife having been born in 1829. He received a common school education and followed farming principally, also giving some attention to the buying and shipping of live stock. To him and his wife were born the following children: John, deceased; William P., the subject of this sketch; Mary, James, David and Asa are deceased; Eliza is the wife of Elmer E. Townsley and they live in Louisiana; Walter married Rosa McCabe and they live in Covington.

The subject is indebted to the common school for his education, though his bood learning has been liberally supplemented by wide reading and close observation of men and events, so that today he is considered a well informed man. He has always followed the pursuit of agriculture and has met with a gratifying degree of success. He is the owner of two hundred and seventy-five acres of fine land in Mound township, all of which is tillable except about one hundred acress that is devoted to pasture. Mr. Hunter has made many permanent and substantial improvements on the farm, including some ditching and tiling, and now it is numbered among the productive farms of the township. In addition to the cultivation of the soil, Mr. Hunter gives some attention to the raising of live stock, which he found to be profitable source of income, and for the last ten years has been the live stock shipper at Foster, Indiana.

On September 26, 1877, Mr. Hunter was united in marriage to Rosa Switzer, who died on March 1, 1905, and in 1906 he married Mrs. Susan Switzer. To the first union were born nine children, namely: Myrtle, who is the wife of Conley Martin, a machinist living in Danville, Illinois; Albert; Asa; Ora C., of Davnille, Illinois; Lidy, deceased; William, who is married and living near the subject; Claude A. is at home; Earle, at home, and Marie, who is at home, being the youngest child.

Politically, Mr. Hunter renders a stanch allegiance to the Democratic party, in the success of which he is interested, though he is not in any sense a seeker after public office. He is a Presbyterian in his religious view. For many years Mr. Hunter has directed his efforts toward the goal of success and by patient continuance has realized the friut of his labors. He has not only by his industry, fair dealing and sound judgment improved a fine farm and gained a competency, but has materially assisted in the general welfare of the community, in many ways lending his valuable time and influence in the promulgation of various uplifting movements, consequently he is eminently deserving of the high esteem in which he is universally held and of the confidence reposed in him by all classes.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001054
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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