William Tecumseh Sherman Hunt. A pioneer of Oklahoma County and for many years identified with business and public life in Oklahoma City, William Tecumseh Sherman Hunt was born on a farm in Douglas County, Illinois, February 29, 1868, a son of Captain O. P. and Eliza J. (McDowell) Hunt. There were ancestors on both sides who took part in the Revolutionary war, and in all the subsequent generations there have been men and women prominent in public affairs and in social circles. Captain Hunt made a record as captain of Company K, 125th Illinois Regiment during the Civil war and was afterwards a lawyer of prominence at Tuscora, Illinois. William T. S. Hunt was the fourth in a family of eight children, six of whom are still living.
William Tecumseh Sherman Hunt came to Oklahoma County in 1892 and located on a farm west of Britton. While for nearly a quarter of a century he has been active in the life of his community and state the association with affairs which will always give his name prominence in the history of Oklahoma was his service in the Constitutional Convention.
He was elected to the convention in 1906 from the Twenty-seventh District, comprising a part of Oklahoma City. He went as one of the democratic nominees to the convention. He was a member of several important committees, including the Committee on Municipal Corporations, the Committee on Privileges and Elections, and Committee on Primary Elections.
He should be especially remembered for the able assistance he rendered as a member of the Municipal Corporation Committee in drawing up those provisions which have made it possible for so many Oklahoma cities to acquire commission form of government. He was also individually responsible for making the only senatorial district represented by two senators, consisting of the two counties of Oklahoma and Canadian. He also formed a Judicial District in the same territory with notorial judges.
In the records of the Constitutional Convention is imbedded a record which contains a suggestion of romance strangely inserted in the proceedings of one of the most momentous conventions ever held in this country. This record is an official recognition of the marriage during the session of the Constitutional Convention on December 24, 1906, of W. T. S. Hunt and Miss Mamie Virginia Shelton. Mrs. Hunt is a native of Alabama and belongs to one of the aristocratic old southern families, formerly planters and slave holders in that state. As a result of this “constitutional” marriage, there are two sons: William Shelton, born September 18, 1908; and Hallie Hudson, born October 3, 1909. Since 1907 Mr. Hunt and family have lived in Oklahoma City, and he has never abated any of the keen interest he has always felt in public affairs.