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Thomas James De la Hunt

Thomas J. De la Hunt
Born Thomas James De la Hunt, Jr.
November 9, 1866
Cannelton, Perry County, Indiana, United States
Died July 3, 1933 (age 66)
Virginia Place, Cannelton, Perry County, Indiana, United States
Resting place Cliff Cemetery, Cannelton, Indiana
Occupation Writer, Historian
Language English
Nationality American
Ethnicity Irish American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Purdue University, University of the South
Genres Historical
Subjects Indiana History
Relative(s) Joshua Brannon Huckeby (grandfather), Charles Holland Mason (uncle)

Thomas James De la Hunt, Jr. (November 9, 1866 – July 3, 1933) was an American newspaper columnist, writer, and historian. He served as president and secretary of the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society for a number of years. He was well known for his writings concerning the area of Indiana known as "the Pocket" and was considered an authority on the history of southern Indiana.

Background

De la Hunt was born in Cannelton, Perry County, Indiana,[1] to Major Thomas James De la Hunt, Sr. (1835–1872) and his wife, Isabelle (Huckeby) De la Hunt (1845–1909). He had one other sibling, Charles Mason De la Hunt, who died in 1869. His father was an immigrant from County Tipperary, Ireland. His mother was the daughter of J. B. Huckeby, an Indiana legislator and prominent Cannelton lawyer. He never married.

Career

De la Hunt received his early education from his mother and in the Cannelton public schools. Afterwards, he attended Sewanee University (now University of the South) at Sewanee, Tennessee,[1] and studied architecture at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Upon leaving college, he taught for seven years in the Cannelton public schools and gave private music lessons to students.

He was involved in the insurance business for several years. During his later years, he devoted his time entirely to writing and historical research. In 1916 De la Hunt wrote a script and produced the pageant given at Cannelton to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Indiana's admission to the Union.[1] In connection with the same celebration, he also wrote a history of Perry County, Indiana, recognized by authorities as unexcelled in that particular field.

De la Hunt achieved further distinction in southern Indiana with his column, "The Pocket Periscope", featured over a number of years in the Evansville Courier and Journal. In this column he presented a series of historical sketches of particular interest to the "Pocket Section" of Indiana. He was also correspondent of the Indianapolis News, the Louisville Courier Journal, and the Owensboro, Kentucky Messenger. He edited the Cannelton column in the Tell City News over a period of about eight years. At various times he did special research and catalogue work for a number of libraries in southern Indiana. Many of his writings were published in the Indiana History Bulletin and the Indiana Magazine of History.

Later life

Until incapacitated by ill health, De la Hunt was active in patriotic and historical organizations and took great pride in his membership in the same. In the Sons of the American Revolution he served as vice president and treasurer for Indiana over a period of years. In the Society of Indiana Pioneers he served on various committees. He was president and secretary of the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society for several years. In 1931 and 1932 he was president of the Perry County Historical Society.[1] He also served as president of the Indiana Authors Club and was a charter member of the Men's Community Bible Class of Cannelton.

De la Hunt died at his home, "Virginia Place", in Cannelton, Indiana, on July 3, 1933, at the age 66. His house is still standing and is rumoured by local citizens to be haunted. Jill Harris Newton wrote a book about this house, Ghosts of the Virginia Place, which was published in 2007.

Works

  • The Pageant of Perry County, 1814–1916. (1916)
  • Perry County: A History. (1916)
  • History of the New Harmony Working Men's Institute, New Harmony, Indiana: founded by William Maclure, 1838–1927. (1927)

See also

Notes

References

  • Tell City News, July 7, 1933, "Thomas De la Hunt, Noted Writer and Historian Passes".

External links

  • Find A Grave Retrieved on 2010-2-10

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