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December 14, 2013

NIAGARA DISCOVERIES: Washington Hunt left marks in Lockport

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In 1856 Hunt again ran for Congress, this time as an independent with no party affiliation. He was defeated. On the issue of slavery, he supported compromise rather that confrontation. He opposed the Civil War and returned to the Democratic Party after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. The Democrats nominated him to run for Congress in 1862 and once again he was defeated. 

Although Hunt continued to take an active interest in politics, he never ran for office again.

Hunt returned to Lockport in 1853 and purchased a county home at Old Niagara Road and Lake (Avenue) on the northern outskirts of the village. He named his home Wyndham Lawn. He continued to be active in the community, serving as a president of the Lockport Bank and later the Lockport Bank and Trust Company. He was also connected with Merchant’s Gargling Oil and the Holley Manufacturing Co., and he had interests in railroads and western lands.

Hunt was a local philanthropist who would often pay bills for those who were going through a difficult time. 

Hunt also maintained a residence in New York City during the 1860s and that is where he died of cancer on February 2, 1867. He was brought back to Lockport for burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

Hunt’s home, Wyndham Lawn, is now a facility for children with behavioral problems. His original brick home at Market and North Adams streets is also still standing. The Lockport elementary school named for him closed in June 2013.

Ann Marie Linnabery is the assistant director of the History Center of Niagara.

Ann Marie Linnabery is the assistant director of the History Center of Niagara.

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