Leigh S. J. Hunt was born in Indiana in 1855. He obtained his undergraduate degreethrough Middlebury College in Vermont via correspondence course. Hunt studied lawindependently and passed the bar in Indiana. He then taught at public schools inIndiana before moving to Iowa and becoming superintendent of schools at Mt. Pleasant,Iowa (1880) and East Des Moines Independent School District, Des Moines, Iowa(1882). Hunt became the third president (1885) of Iowa State Agricultural College (IowaState University). His lack of experience and aggressive style of leadership led toconflicts with the students and faculty and he resigned in 1886 after only one year.Hunt moved to Seattle, Washington, and over the course of his lifetime participated in awide variety of successful business ventures. He became a newspaper publisher (1886), real estate developer, and president of a bank while in Seattle. Hunt also wouldoperate a gold mine in Korea (1893), grow cotton in Sudan (1904 -1910), and eventuallypursue mining, agriculture, and land development in Las Vegas, Nevada (1923 - 1933).In 1885, Hunt married Jessie Noble (attended Iowa State, 1882) of Des Moines and hadtwo children: Helen and Henry. Leigh Hunt died on October 5, 1933, in Las Vegas,Nevada.
The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, and news clippings.The majority of these documents detail Hunt’s activities after his presidency at IowaState. They record his role as founder of Oriental Consolidated Mines of Korea, hisplans to fund experimental small-scale farms in Iowa, and his financial interest in cottonin Sudan. Also included is a listing of the University of Nevada Special Collectionsholdings on Hunt.
The collection is organized alphabetically.
Container ListBox FolderTitleDates
11Biographical information1885-197212Correspondence1929-193013Correspondence1933-197214University of Nevada Special Collections holdings2000
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY