Harold Guy Hunt was born on June 17, 1933, at Holly Pond, Alabama, in Cullman County. He graduated from Holly Pond High School in 1950. During the Korean War, Hunt served in the U.S. Army. He was ordained a Primitive Baptist minister in 1958.
Hunt's political career began in 1962 when he ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the state Senate. In 1964 he was elected Probate Judge of Cullman County, a position he held for twelve years. Active in the Republican Party, he held high positions in Ronald Reagan's state campaign organization. Hunt was defeated by Fob James in the 1978 governor's race. In 1986, however, he took advantage of a split in the Democratic Party and won the election. He was re-elected in 1990.
During his first term Hunt attempted to attract more industry and tourists to the state. His election and subsequent appointments greatly strengthened the Republican Party in Alabama politics. Despite those gains, Hunt's legislative agenda was thwarted by the majority Democrats. Hunt was reelected in 1990, beating the Alabama Education Association director, Paul Hubbert. Hunt's second term was spent battling charges that he had violated state ethics laws. He was convicted of illegally using campaign and inaugural funds to pay personal debts and was removed from office on April 22, 1993. Lieutenant Governor James E. Folsom, Jr., was sworn in as governor on the same day.
Hunt and his wife Helen Chambers Hunt had four children. They resided in Holly Pond, Alabama.
Governor Hunt died on January 30, 2009.
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Alabama: The History of a Deep South State. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994.
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