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Lester Hunt

Lester C. Hunt, was born in Isabel, Illinois on July 8, 1892. His family soon moved to Atlanta, Illinois where he attended high school. Hunt worked his way through college as an employee of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Hunt graduated with a degree from the St. Louis University College of Dentistry in 1917 and moved to Cheyenne. He passed his exam and was promptly accepted into the Dental Reserve Corps of the United States Army. Only two months after starting a practice in Lander he was inducted into the U.S. Army Dental Corps as a First Lieutenant and served until 1919. He returned to his practice of dentistry and soon began to join in local politics. Hunt was elected to the House of the State Legislature in 1932, elected Secretary of State in 1934 and 1938, and elected Governor in 1942 where he served until 1949. He passed away in 1954.

Term as Governor: Monday, January 04, 1943 - Monday, January 03, 1949