H. Guy Hunt

Harold Guy Hunt ( born June 17, 1933, Cullman County, Alabama, † 30 January 2009 in Birmingham, Alabama ) was an American politician ( Republican). He was between 1987 and 1993 Governor of Alabama.

Early years and political rise

Guy Hunt served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army and received the Certificate of Achievement for outstanding performance during the military service awarded. After that, he was ordained a Baptist minister in 1958. Hunt's political career began in 1962 with his unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Senate of Alabama. After he was elected in 1964 to the restructuring judge ( Probate Judge ) of Cullman County, a post he held for the next 12 years. He was also active in the Republican Party. He has held high positions in Ronald Reagan's campaign team. Hunt was a candidate in 1978 for the governorship of Alabama, but was defeated by Fob James.

Governor of Alabama

Due to the split in the Democratic Party in 1986 Hunt was able to extend his lead in the election for the office of the Governor of Alabama and winning. He was re-elected in 1990. During his first term was his concern to attract more industrial companies and tourists in the state. His election and subsequent nominations have strengthened the Republican Party extraordinarily in Alabama. Despite these gains Hunts Office goals were thwarted by the majority of Democrats in the Parliament. After Hunt was re-elected in 1990, where he defeated Paul Hubbert, he spent the second part of his tenure thus, to defend himself against the charge that he had violated state ethics laws. He was the illegal use and management of funds for payment of personal debts transferred and released on April 22, 1993 from his office, although he was later rehabilitated because of proven innocence. Lieutenant Governor James Folsom Jr. was sworn in on the same day as the new governor. Hunt introduced in 1998 for re-election for the office of governor, but he failed and then returned to his Holly Pond Farm, where he also preached.


Harold Guy Hunt was married to Helen Hunt and Chambers was with her ​​father of four children. He died in January 2009 at the age of 75 from lung cancer.


Hunt in 1987 received an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Law Degree) from Troy State University, the University of North Alabama and the Alabama A & M University.