Theodore Gaillard Hunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded byJoseph Aristide Landry
Succeeded byMiles Taylor
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1805-10-23)October 23, 1805
Charleston, South Carolina
DiedNovember 15, 1893(1893-11-15) (aged 88)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political partyWhig
Know Nothing

Theodore Gaillard Hunt (October 23, 1805 – November 15, 1893) was an American lawyer and politician who served as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing the state of Louisiana. From 1853 to 1855, he served one term as a Whig.

In 1854, he ran for re-election and lost as a candidate of the American (Know-Nothing) Party.[1]


Hunt was born in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to being a member of Congress, Hunt was district attorney for New Orleans, member of the state House of Representative for sixteen years, and later a judge. During his tenure in congress he is notable as one of the few Southerners to have opposed the Kansas-Nebraska Act.[citation needed]

Civil War

During the American Civil War, Hunt was the colonel of the rebel 5th Louisiana Infantry in 1861-62 and later a brigadier general in the Louisiana militia. After New Orleans fell into Union hands, Hunt, who had opposed secession, resigned from the Confederate Army and became Adjutant General of Union Louisiana.[2]


He died onNovember 15, 1893 at the age of 88.


  1. ^ "Louisiana Election". The New York Times. 1855.
  2. ^ "Louisiana's Military Heritage: Adjutants General of the Louisiana National Guard". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20.

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