dation-stone of political liberty and good government.
The special friends of that creed first elected him to Congress in the year 1837.
He took a part in the debates of the House.
How well he bore himself may be judged by the fact that at the very next Congress he was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He was then only thirty years of age. Among his predecessors in this very high office were Nathaniel Macon, Henry Clay, Langdon Cheves, Philip P. Barbour, Andrew Stevenson, John Bell and James K. Polk.
Polk was his immediate predecessor as Speaker.
To the next Congress Mr. Hunter was again chosen a representative.
In this body he had occasion to discuss all the great party questions of the day which preceded the sectional question— the last a mere cloud in the sky at that day, but destined soon to loom up and obscure the entire horizon.
Thrown by a new apportionment into a partially new congressional district, he was beaten as a candidate for the Twenty-eighth Con