William Hunter

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William Hunter

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Title:
William Hunter judge of the broken bench (1857-1935)
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Buck, Morison
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[Tampa, Fla
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Morison Buck
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English
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1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;

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Judges -- Biography -- Florida -- Hillsborough County ( lcsh )

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Originally published as part of the "Chips off the Old Bench" column: [Tampa, Fla.] : Hillsborough County, December 1999, Lawyer under title:
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Title from caption.

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University of South Florida Library
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University of South Florida
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Wi l l i am H u n t e r Ju d ge of t h e B r ok e n B e n c h ( 1857 1935) T uc ke d i n t he e xt r e m e s out hw e s t c or ne r of I l l i noi s l i e s t he s m a l l c om m uni t y of M ound C i t y. I n t ha t p l a c e onl y f our ye a r s be f or e t he ons e t of t h e bl oody C i vi l W a r w a s bor n W i l l i a m H unt e r s on o f a l a w ye r a nd i n f a nt r y ve t e r a n of t he M e xi c a n w a r w ho w oul d l a t e r s e r ve i n t he U ni on A r m y. N ot m a ny ye a r s a f t e r ne w s pa pe r m a n a nd pol i t i c a l a c t i vi s t H or a c e G r e e l e y, a ppr opr i a t e d a nd popul a r i z e d a not he r 's phr a s e G o W e s t Y oung M a n, H unt e r 's pa r e nt s a nd e i gh t ye a r o l d W i l l i a m m ove d i n a di f f e r e nt di r e c t i on s out h t o M e m phi s I n t hos e ye a r s i n l i e u of a t t e ndi ng a n a c c r e di t e d l a w s c hool l a w ye r hope f ul s c oul d r e a d l a w i n t h e of f i c e of a qua l i f i e d m e nt or a nd t he n a t t e m pt t o pa s s a n e xa m i na t i on l e a di ng t o a dm i s s i on t o t he B a r H unt e r c hos e t ha t a ve nue a nd w a s a dm i t t e d t o t he B a r i n 1878 a t a ge 21. A f t e r pr a c t i c i ng l a w i n M e m phi s f or f our ye a r s a nd s ur vi vi ng e pi de m i c s of ye l l ow f e ve r H unt e r be c a m e i nf e c t e d w i t h w ha t he l a t e r c a l l e d or a nge f e ve r w hi c h t ook hi m f ur t he r s out h t o D une di n F l o r i da H e a nd ol de r br ot he r H a r r y, bought 37 a c r e s of gul f f r ont l a nd, pl a nt e d a c i t r us gr ove a nd bui l t a h ous e w i t h l um be r b r ought i n by s c hoone r a s t he r e w a s no r a i l r oa d. H unt e r t ook t i m e of f t o m a r r y D or a be l l e T e nne r y i n 1882. H e a nd hi s b r i de bot h t a ught s c hool f or a t i m e A f a vor i t e f a m i l y t a l e t ol d of D o r a s w hi ppi ng b i g, c r a c ke r boys w ho got out of l i ne i n he r c l a s s r oom I n 1892, W i l l i a m a nd D or a be l l e m ove d t o T a m pa t o a voi d t he da y l ong c om m ut e by boa t H unt e r 's f i r s t l a w o f f i c e w a s i n Y bor C i t y A f t e r s e t t l i ng i n T a m pa H e i ght s how e ve r he m ove d t o t he c or ne r of Z a c k a nd F r a n kl i n S t r e e t s i n t he c or ne r t ow e r A f t e r e s t a bl i s hi ng hi m s e l f a s a l a w ye r i n T a m pa a nd c om pl e t i ng hi s f a m i l y o f f ou r c hi l dr e n, he e xpa nde d hi s r ol e i n publ i c l i f e by be c om i ng C i t y A t t o r ne y unde r M a yor M yr on G i l l e t t W i l l i a m H unt e r ne ve r he l d e l e c t i ve o f f i c e but i n 1 902, he w a s a ppoi nt e d J udge ( t he n c a l l e d R e f e r e e ) of t he U ni t e d S t a t e s B a nkr upt c y C our t i n t he T a m pa D i s t r i c t H e s e r ve d i n t ha t j udi c i a l c a pa c i t y unt i l 1914. ( A s a n hi s t or i c a l a s i de t he t e m pl e w a s t he r e pos i t or y f or m one y i n e a r l i e r c i vi l i z a t i ons a nd ge ne r a l l y t h e pr i e s t s w e r e a l s o ba nke r s T hos e e nga ge d i n m one y e xc ha nge s di d bus i ne s s w hi l e s i t t i ng on a be nc h, a nd t ha t w o r d i s t he or i gi n of t he w o r d, ba nk. W he n a n uns uc c e s s f ul m one y c ha nge r w e nt br oke he be c a m e

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" ba nkr upt m e a ni ng t ha t hi s be nc h w a s r upt or br oke n. ) E a r l y on H unt e r 's c a pa c i t y f or l e a de r s hi p w i t h hi s c ol l e a gue s a t t he B a r w a s m a ni f e s t H e w a s w ha t m i gh t be c a l l e d a l e ga l w ha l e I n 1904 he s e r ve d a s P r e s i de nt of t he T a m pa B a r a nd w a s one of t he o r ga ni z e r s of t he s t a t e a s s oc i a t i on a s w e l l I n l a t e r ye a r s he w a s p r oud of t e l l i ng t ha t he ha dn't m i s s e d a n A m e r i c a n B a r A s s oc i a t i on c onve nt i on i n 22 ye a r s i nc l udi ng one m e e t i ng i n L ondon. H unt e r a l s o l i ke d c or po r a t e w or k A bout 1915, he dr e w up t he c ha r t e r f or t he F l o r i da M a r ke t i ng C oope r a t i ve ( F l or i da C i t r us E xc ha nge ) a nd s t a ye d a s i t s c ouns e l unt i l hi s de a t h i n 1935. P a r t of hi s s uc c e s s i n t he c or por a t e a r e na c a n be a t t r i but e d t o hi s qui e t m a nne r a bi l i t y t o l i s t e n, s ound know l e dge of t he l a w a nd ha bi t of t e l l i ng j o ke s t o e a s e a ny m e e t i ng. O ne of hi s f a vor i t e s t or i e s w a s a bout t he C i t r us P a r k gr ove he j oi nt l y ow ne d w i t h pr om i ne nt l a w ye r a nd de ve l ope r o f W e s t T a m pa H ow a r d P M a c f a r l a ne W hi l e M a c f a r l a ne w a s va c a t i oni ng i n S c ot l a nd, t he y w e r e of f e r e d a good p r i c e i n c a s h, f or t he gr ove H unt e r w i r e d M a c f a r l a ne s e e ki ng hi s a ppr o va l t o s e l l R a t he r t ha n i nc u r t he c os t of a r e t u r n c a bl e M a c f a r l a ne opt e d f or t he s l ow e r but c he a pe r m e t hod o f c om m uni c a t i ng hi s a ppr ova l he w r ot e a l e t t e r D ur i ng t he de l a y, t he F l or i da c r a s h oc c ur r e d, t he buye r c ha nge d hi s m i nd, a nd t he de a l f i z z l e d. J udge H unt e r w a s c l e a r l y a n or ga ni z a t i on m a n w h o l i ke d t o m i x w i t h pe opl e H e w a s c ha i r m a n of t he B oa r d of V i s i t or s of t he C ount y D e t e nt i on B oa r d, p r e s i de nt of H i l l s bor ough T ube r c ul os i s & H e a l t h A s s oc i a t i on, M a s on, B a y L odge of K ni ght s of P yt hi a s a nd a n e a r l y m e m be r of P a l m a C e i a G ol f & C ount r y C l ub or ga ni z e d i n 1916 S hor t o f s t a t ur e but t r i m a nd f i t J udge H unt e r w a s a l s o a f i ne gol f e r s hoot i ng a c r e di t a bl e 83 on a n unf a m i l i a r c our s e i n M i c hi ga n, w hi l e on a B a r t r i p a t a ge 76. U pon hi s de a t h, he w a s c a l l e d D e a n of t he T a m pa B a r by ne w s pa pe r e di t or i a l s a nd honor e d by t he F l o r i d a S e na t e a t t he i ns t a nc e of hi s f r i e nd, l a t e r j udge H e n r y C T i l l m a n. T he l i s t of pa l l be a r e r s a t h i s f une r a l r e a d l i ke a W ho's W ho" of t he e l i t e of T a m pa 's l e ga l a nd bus i ne s s c om m uni t y. T he aut hor i s i nde bt e d t o j udge H unt e r s gr andc hi l dr e n, par t i c ul ar l y t he f am i l y s unof f i c i al hi s t or i an, L e ah H unt e r H ac k ne y and t o t he H onor abl e C T i m ot hy C or c or an, I I I f or t he i r c ont r i but i ons t o t hi s ar t i c l e M or i s on B uc k A f t e r w or d: F r e s h ai r m ode r at e e x e r c i s e pl ai n f ood, r e gul ar s l e e p, and k i nd t hought s w i l l he al y ou of y our di s e as e s pl uc k f r om m e m o r y i t s r oot e d s or r o w s and put y ou c l os e t o al l t he good t he r e i s E l be r t H ubbar d H u n t e r F a m i l y H o m e 2 1 2 W P a r k S t T a m p a


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