Alabama Pioneers Honored

BIOGRAPHY: John James Hunter born October 20, 1857 – photograph


Hunter, John James - Elmore, Talladega - photo



(1857-aft. 1904)

Dallas, Clarke, Elmore and Talladega County, Alabama and Florida

John James Hunter, of Sylacauga, Alabama, was born at Wetumpka, Elmore county, Alabama, Oct. 20, 1857. He was the son of Charles D. and Mary E. D. (House) Hunter. Charles D. Hunter was born in Clarke county, Alabama. He lived at Portland, Dallas county, Alabama, until after the close of the war, when he removed to Perdido Bay, near Pensacola, Fla. He enlisted in the Confederate army but was discharged on account of physical disability. He was the son of Gen. Charles D. Hunter, Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth Warren Hunter, who lived at Suggsville, Alabama. Mary House was the daughter of Reuben and Eliza (Durkens) House, of Wetumpka.

The paternal grandfather, Gen. Charles D. Hunter, commanded the colonial troops of Alabama before the State was admitted into the Union, and his brother, Judge John S. Hunter, was Judge of the United States court of Alabama; Gen. Charles D. Hunter came to Alabama from North Carolina, being a direct descendant of the Virginia family of that name.

Winston Hunter, a brother of Charles D., Jr., was a colonel of cavalry in the Confederate army. John J. Hunter’s mother was a woman of some literary attainments, and his early education was obtained wholly within the family home. He began the study of medicine in a drug store, and was later appointed apothecary in the United States navy (1876), being attached to the naval hospital at Pensacola, Florida. He remained there five years and resigned in 1881. He was graduated from the Medical College of Alabama at Mobile, and began the practice of medicine at once. He was appointed superintendent of education of Montgomery county, Alabama, in 1897, but resigned in 1898 to take the position of captain of Company G, Third Alabama regiment, during the Spanish-American war.

Doctor Hunter was engaged in the publication of the Sylacauga Progress, a Democratic paper. He was always a Democrat. He was a member of the second district congressional committee of that party from Montgomery county in 1886-88, was chairman of the Montgomery city central council from 1887 to 1889, and chairman of the Bryan and Sewali campaign committee of Montgomery in 1896.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic church. He also belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Red Men, and the Knights of Pythias, and held official positions in the grand lodge of the Knights of Pythias. His first wife was Kate McDermott who lived only eleven months after their marriage, leaving no issue. His 2nd wife was Stella Kendrick, daughter of Anderson Kendrick, of Coosa county, Alabama. In 1904, they had two children:

  1. Kathryn Hunter, local editor of the Sylacauga Progress,
  2. Mamie Hunter.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose, 1904
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 66958094

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