T. STERRY HUNT
1826-1892

From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892


T. Sterry Hunt was born at Norwich, Connecticut, on September the 5th, 1826. In 1845 entered Yale College as a Student, under;.the well·known Benjamin Silliman.  About 1846 the Geological Survey of Canada was organized, and Sir William Logan applied to Professor Silliman for an assistant, and the subject of our sketch was appointed in 1847.  Here he continued for more than a quarter of a century, and in 1872 resigned, to pass the rest of his life in ease and comfort.

He collected the Canadian specimens for the Foreign Exhibitions of 1851, 1856 and 1867. He was one of the Judges at the Centennial Exhibition of Philadelphia, in 1876. During 1856 to 1862 he was one of the Professors of Laval University, Quebec, being that of Chemistry - he is still an honorary one; afterwards he was a Lecturer in McGill University.  In 1872, he was Professor of Geology in Boston Institute of Technology.   He was made M.A. at Harvard in 1852, Doctor of Science of Laval, and L.L.D. of McGill.  In 1881, he received the unusual honor of LL.D. from Cambridge University, England, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of which he is one of the founders, also that of the American Society for the Advancement of Science. He was decorated by Napoleon III with the Legion of Honor, and the King of Italy bestowed on him the Cross of St. Mauritius and St. Lazarus.

His published articles, essays and writings on all subjects probably amount to over two hundred.  He married, in 1870, Anna Rebecca Gale, the oldest daughter of the well-known Mr. Justice Gale, and has no children.  Judge Gale is oftened mentioned in the annals of Montreal in the early part of this century.'' His large farms have been sold to Henry Hogan, and the Canadian Pacific Railway runs through them now.


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