Mayor Charles R. Hunter
Dates: 1905-1931
Accession Number: 831130A
Donor: Unknown
Description: Six file folders in a document case


Charles Rowin Hunter was born in Farmersburg (Sullivan County), Indiana on January 19, 1855. He went to school at the Ascension Seminary under the direction of Captain William T. Crawford. At the age of 18, Hunter moved to Terre Haute. Working first as a teamster, Hunter was later employed in an agricultural implements company, a transfer company, and a flour mill before he entered the dry goods industry. He first joined the dry goods firm of H. Robinson & Company as a traveling salesman then moved on to the firm of Hoberg, Root & Company and then to the firm of Havens & Geddes. He then worked as the Terre Haute representative of Efroymson & Wolf, an Indianapolis-based wholesale dealership in dry goods and notions.

Hunter was married twice. His first wife was Mary S. Hagerdon and the two had a daughter who died when she was five months old. He later married Grace King.

Charles Hunter voted for the first time in 1872 for Republican presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant. He was active in local politics for more than 40 years before he campaigned for Mayor. He was elected in 1917 and served until 1921.

Charles Hunter died on May 5, 1935.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists mostly of items documenting Hunter's one-term tenure as mayor of Terre Haute. Items include letters of congratulations and other correspondence, campaign materials, proclamations, statements, invitations, clippings and a list of 1917 election expenses.

The bulk of the collection spans the years 1917-1921.

Document Case


Folder 1

Letter from Dr. Leo J. Weinstein to Miss King

Aug. 18, 1905


Stock certificate, 200 shares of Kelvin Sultana Copper Company

Dec. 1914


Endorsement of Hunter by Reverend  M. V. Sparks addressed "To Colored Voters"

ca. 1917

Candidates Statement of Election Expenses

Nov. 1917

Folder 2


(the bulk of the letters
are dated Nov. 7, 1917
and Nov. 8, 1917)

Folder 3



Folder 4



Folder 5

Letter from James Swango, President, Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, John Morton Chapter, to Mayor Hunter suggesting that the Mayor issue a Flag Day proclamation



Greetings to a Convention of Realtors of the State of Indiana



Resolution in support of Hunter from the "Socialists of the 5th congressional district"



Mayor's Statement on meeting between the Terre Haute Safety Department and the Executive Department with a Rotary Club committee "for the betterment of the City of Terre Haute"

Sept. 13, 1919


Mayor's Statement on the decision of Terre Haute's fire fighters to sever relations with the American Federation of Labor and the Central Labor Union

Oct. 3, 1919


Proclamation on the inauguration of Warren G. Harding as President of the United States

March 1, 1921


Invitation to attend the Indianapolis Industrial Exposition



Broadside - "The Democratic Reorganization Movement: An Appeal to Change the Leadership of the
  Democratic Party in Vigo County"

ca. 1931-1932

Folder 5

Program - Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Indiana Association of Park Departments

Sept. 21-22, 1931


Invitations to a luncheon and dinner at the sixteenth annual convention of the Indiana Association of Park Departments

Sept. 21, 1931


Clipping - "Mayor Hunter and His Staff Ply Their Shovels to Clean Up the Walks and Streets About the City Hall From the Efforts of the February Thaw"



Clipping - "Mayor Proclaims 'Blue Devils' Day"

May 28, 1918


Clipping - "Mayor Defends Garbage System; Argues When Council Proposes to Rescind Ordinance that it May Involve City in Suit"

Feb. 2, 1919

Map Drawer 3

Campaign poster for Mayor (3 copies)