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R.M.T. Hunter, half-length portrait
R.M.T. Hunter's heart always remained in Virginia, even when he worked in Washington, D.C.

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Robert M.T. Hunter Was Born
April 21, 1801

Robert M.T. Hunter was born on April 21, 1801, in Essex County, Virginia, and educated at the University of Virginia. He once declared to his son, "I am a Southern man." Throughout his political career, Hunter remained uncompromisingly pro-slavery and pro-South. He represented his home state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as Speaker of the House from 1839 to 1841, and in the U.S. Senate from 1847 to 1861. His loyalties to the South, however, eventually made him a rebel.
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