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  Hunt, George W. P.
NameGeorge W. P. Hunt
Globe, Arizona , United States
Born November 01, 1859
DiedDecember 24, 1934 (75 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 05, 2015 05:39pm
Tags Caucasian - Married -
InfoGeorge Wylie Paul Hunt, Arizona's first governor, was born on November 1, 1859, in Huntsville, Missouri. His education was limited to eight years in both public and private schools. Hunt moved to Arizona in search of gold, but instead entered politics. Working at the Old Dominion Commercial Company in 1890, he later became secretary and president of the company. In 1904 he was elected the first mayor of Globe, Arizona. Hunt served in the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1892 and 1894, and in the Arizona Territorial Council in 1896, 1898, 1904, 1906, and 1908, serving as president in 1905 and 1909. He also was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1900, and presided over the 1910 Arizona Constitutional Convention that led to statehood.

Governor (D-AZ). Hunt became Arizona's first governor on October 24, 1911, was reelected six times. In 1916 Thomas Campbell was declared the winner and held office for nearly one year before the Arizona Supreme Court determined that in fact Hunt had won reelection. During his seven terms in office, a pension plan passed for teachers with 25 years of service, the State Bureau of Mines was started, and the legislature passed a prohibition statute. The state law library and the Bureau of Statistics were created, and programs to pave and expand the highway systems with convict labor were initiated. Because of his advanced age and charges of political patronage in the newly established highway patrol, Hunt retired from public life, leaving office on January 2, 1933.

He died on December 24, 1934, and is buried at the Papago Park Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona.

Richard de Uriarte
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 10, 2002

Seen today, Arizona's "perennial governor," George W.P. Hunt, may strike some newcomers as a rather comic figure. Bald, rotund, with a handlebar mustache, he resembles a walrus. His pyramid-shaped burial headstone, in Phoenix Papago Park, appears a curious monument to an outsize sense of self...

He lived the classic American Horatio Alger story. Born poor in Missouri, he left home as a teenager.

He arrived in Globe in 1881 on a burro. By the turn of the century, he was one of the wealthiest men in the territory.

As a politician, he was a controversial and colorful figure, simultaneously loved and despised... His most lasting impact ... came with the constitutional convention of 1910. Hunt, a populist Democrat, led labor delegates pushing for a progressive, reformist document. "The Arizona Constitution is a progressive document," commented Brent Brown, of Arizona State University. "The initiative, referendum and recall provisions have been and are a major force on the Arizona political environment."



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The diary of George Wylie Paul Hunt, first governor of state of Arizona, January 1, 1913-June 30, 1913  Purchase Thomas Walker 
George W P Hunt and His Arizona  Purchase Thomas Walker 

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Apr 13, 2009 02:00pm General 1st Arizona governor's pyramid tomb repaired  Article Thomas Walker 

Importance? 8.00000 Average

Wife Helen Duett Ellison Hunt 00, 0000-

  09/11/1934 AZ Governor - D Primary Lost 28.96% (-7.22%)
  09/13/1932 AZ Governor- D Primary Lost 29.28% (-6.18%)
  11/04/1930 AZ Governor Won 51.39% (+2.78%)
  09/09/1930 AZ Governor - D Primary Won 48.39% (+13.54%)
  11/06/1928 AZ Governor Lost 48.16% (-3.54%)
  09/11/1928 AZ Governor - D Primary Won 58.51% (+17.02%)
  11/02/1926 AZ Governor Won 50.25% (+0.50%)
  09/07/1926 AZ Governor - D Primary Won 49.25% (+19.02%)
  11/04/1924 AZ Governor Won 50.53% (+1.05%)
  09/09/1924 AZ Governor - D Primary Won 55.69% (+29.65%)
  11/07/1922 AZ Governor Won 54.94% (+9.88%)
  09/12/1922 AZ Governor - D Primary Won 54.98% (+9.96%)
  05/18/1920 US Ambassador to Siam Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/1916 AZ Governor - Recount Won 48.01% (+0.07%)
  11/07/1916 AZ Governor Lost 47.94% (-0.05%)
  10/30/1915 AZ Governor - Recall Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/03/1914 AZ Governor Won 49.46% (+14.95%)
  12/12/1911 AZ Governor Won 51.46% (+9.05%)
  10/24/1911 AZ Governor- D Primary Won 53.85% (+17.56%)
US President - D Convention - Jul 09, 1924 D William Gibbs McAdoo