Library of Congress
HUNTER, William (1774-1849)
Senate Years of Service: 1811-1821

HUNTER, WILLIAM, a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Newport, R.I., November 26, 1774; attended Rogers School in Newport and graduated from Rhode Island College (later Brown University), Providence, R.I., in 1791; went abroad to study medicine, but preferred to study law at the Inner Temple, London; returned to Newport, R.I., in 1793; admitted to the bar in 1795 and commenced practice in Newport; member of the State general assembly 1799-1812; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Christopher G. Champlin; reelected in 1814 and served from October 28, 1811, to March 3, 1821; chairman, Committee on Commerce and Manufactures (Fourteenth Congress); member, State house of representatives 1823-1825; resumed the practice of law in Newport; appointed by President Andrew Jackson Charge d'Affaires to Brazil 1834, elevated to Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary and served until 1845; died in Newport, R.I., December 3, 1849; interment in Trinity Church Graveyard.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: Ca. 25 items in various collections. Political and personal correspondence.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1829. 1 item.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1812-1816. 3 items.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: 1803, 1826. 2 autograph letters. Also photographs of portraits.

  • Hunter, William. Observations on the Petitions from Various Merchants of Rhode-Island to the Congress of the United States. Newport: n.p., 1803.