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Hunter, Thomas William "Bill" (1906-1979)

Papers, 1932-1992, .25 ft.

Hunter was a leader in promoting rural electrification in Newberry County and throughout the United States. In 1940, Hunter helped organize the Newberry Electric Cooperative, and served as its attorney from that year until the time of this death in 1979. He served the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as Secretary-Treasurer, 1963-1965, Vice President, 1965-1967, and President, 1967-1970. At the time of his election as president, the Association served nearly one thousand nonprofit consumer-owned electric systems serving over twenty million rural Americans in forty-six states.

Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 3 pages)
This small collection documents Hunter's work on the issue of rural electrification and includes correspondence, copies of many newspaper and journal articles, including most of Hunter’s columns as president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, photographs, and a film.