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Thomas Lomax Hunter


Poet Laureate of Virginia

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 218-219 (New York: James T. White & Company, 1953)(Vol. 38):

Hunter, Thomas Lomax, lawyer and poet, was born in King George County, Va., Mar. 6, 1875, son of Frederick Campbell Stewart and Susan Rose (Turner) Hunter and a descendant of James Hunter, a native of Scotland, born there in 1661, who immigrated to Virginia. . . . His father, a judge, served in the rank of captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After receiving his preliminary education with private tutors, the son attended William and Mary College and Georgetown University, where he studied law. Admitted to the bar of Virginia in 1908, he began practice in King George and continued there independently until the close of his life. Outside of his legal activities, his influence was felt in Virginia through a column, "As It Appears to the Cavalier," which he contributed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1929 until his death. Concerned with state and national affairs, a selection of these writings was published in book form as "Columns from the Cavalier" in 1935. He was a frequent contributor to literary magazines and was best known as a poet. . . . In 1948 he was named poet laureate of Virginia by the general assembly. In 1918 and 1920 Hunter represented King George and Stafford counties in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he supported the causes of woman suffrage, improved roads, compulsory education, and higher education for women, and opposed prohibition. During the First World War he served as food administrator for King George County. . . . Gardening and farming were his chief recreations. . . . He died in Fredericksburg, VA., June 19, 1948.


Thomas Lomax Hunter, Poems (Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Printing Co., 1947)

_________________, Forbidden Fruit, and Other Ballades (East Aurora, New York: Printed by The Roycroft Shops, 1923)


Thomas Lomax Hunter, The President's Camp on the Rapidan (Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Commission on Conservation and Development, 1931)

__________________, Columns from the Cavalier (Richmond, Virginia: The Dietz Press, 1935)

Bibliography: Articles

Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., Virginia's Latter-Day Cavalier: Thomas Lomax Hunter of King George County, 44 (4) Virginia Cavalcade 160-173 (1995)