biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Henry W. Lunt, a wealthy and influential farmer and stock-grower, owns and occupies a fine estate on section 24, in Richland township. He is a native of the Green Mountain State, having been born in Orleans County, Jan. 7, 1839. His father, Johnson Lunt, was born in Littleton, N. H., Aug. 25, 1796. He is a farmer by occupation, and is still living at the old homestead in Vermont. The mother of our subject, Mrs. Sarah (Boynton) Lunt, was born in Compton, Lower Canada, in 1806, and is yet living. There were eleven children in the family, all of whom grew to maturity, and ten are still living, the youngest being forty years of age: Harriet, the widow of William Dearborn, lives in Orleans County, Vt.; Elias lives in Boxton, Mass.; Charles lives in Orleans County, Vt., as does also Amanda, the wife of Juel Dustin; Moses and Aaron reside in Jasper County, Iowa; Henry W., of this sketch; Asa lives in Prairie township, this county; Gardner died in Richland Township in 1882, leaving a family; Mary Jane, Mrs. George Parlington, and Emma, the wife of Lewis Nye, live in Orleans County, Vt. Henry W. Lunt, the subject of this sketch, was brought up on the farm, receiving in the meantime an excellent common-school education. He left his native State in 1857 for the West, and came as far as Logan County, Ill., where he remained a few years, working by the month. In 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Mattie W., a daughter of Robert W. and Mary Ann (Rumford) Gardner. Mrs. Lu mA was born in Wilmington, Del., and removed with her parents to Illinois in 1851. Our subject and his wife are the parents of five children - Johnson R., Elba Jane, Walter Leslie, William Colby and Mattie E. After marriage Mr. Lunt entered 960 acres of land in Thayer County, Neb., but continued to reside in Logan County, Ill., and purchased land there after having disposed of his Nebraska lands, and farmed the same until 1879, when he sold 200 acres of his farm to William Scully for $9,700; the remainder was disposed of to other parties. Following this sale he came to Iowa, and purchased 300 acres of land. The home farm now consists of 310 acres of the best land in Richland Township, all in a high state of cultivation, with splendid improvements of all kinds. Mr. Lint devotes his principal attention to the raising of Clydesdale horses. Politically our subject is a Democrat. While in Illinois he served as Township Assessor and School Director, and since coming to Iowa has been Justice of the Peace, and is at present one of the Trustees of the township. He is Secretary of the Iowa Detective Association, and one of the Directors of the New Sharon District Fair. He was made a Mason at Lincoln, III., in 1869, but is now a member of Central Lodge at Peoria, Iowa. He is a man of more than usual ability, as his success in life attests. He is a progressive farmer and public-spirited citizen, and takes a genuine interest in the welfare of the country at large.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy