WILLIAM D. HUNTER, M. D., a practicing physician of Monessen. Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, is a native of Derry township, this county, born October 21, 1870, son of James and Martha A. (Bailey) Hunter. His father is a native of Ligonier valley, and a resident of Derry township.
William D. Hunter was reared in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, the first six years of his life having been spent in Pittsburg. After receiving a public school education he entered the military academy at Portsmouth, Ohio, where he took a scientific course with a view to entering West Point, to which institution he received an appointment, but was barred on account of the age limit. He also had opportunity to enter Annapolis Academy, but was unable to obtain the consent of his parents. After leaving the military school at Portsmouth he engaged in the contracting and building business with his father, and later spent three years in the machinist's trade. He decided upon a medical career, and in 1893 commenced the study of the profession under the preceptorship of Dr. L. C. Thomas, of Latrobe, and J. C. Hunter, his brother, of Apollo, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hunter entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, -Maryland, in October, 1899, from which he was graduated April 29, 1901. While preparing himself for a general practice Dr. Hunter made a specialty of the study of diseases of the eye and ear and also surgery. After his graduation Dr. Hunter practiced for one year under the preceptorship of his former instructors, and in the spring of 1902 located at Monessen, where he has since remained. He has established himself in an extensive and lucrative practice, and formerly held the position of surgeon to some of the mills of this section. He is medical examiner for the Pittsburg Life & Trust Company, Provident Savings Life Assurance Society, Prudential Life Company, American Tempernce Life, also some fraternal insurance companies. He is a member of the American Medical Association. He is a member of the F. and A. M., becoming a Mason at Charleroi, Pennsylvania, and is now a charter member of Monessen Lodge No. 638. A member of the A. I. O. K. M., No. 332, Monessen, K. of P., Latrobe Lodge, No. 177, and U. R. K. of P., No. 59. He is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the United Presbyterian church. Dr. Hunter married, October 31. 1900. Jennie C. Hill, daughter of G. W. Hill, of Derry township, this county. They have one child, William D.
Source: Page(s) 249-250, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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