Community History – Ludlow – John M. Hunnicutt,

Hunnicutt, John M.

State representative and native of Ludlow. Hunnicutt was educated in the Ludlow Public Schools. Following graduation from high school, he began working as a clerk in the Southern Railroad offices.

He ran and was elected to the Office of Ludlow Police Judge in 1934. He served two terms (1936-1939) in the Kentucky House of Representatives. He was majority floor leader during the administration of Governor A.B. Chandler.

In 1935, Hunnicutt wrote a history of the city. This work, A History of the City of Ludlow, was for many years the standard work concerning the city’s history.

Hunnicutt unsuccessfully ran for sheriff of Kenton County in 1940. He was a member of the Unity Lodge F & AM, the Christopher Gist Historical Society and Syrian Shrine Temple of Cincinnati.

In 1944, Hunnicutt accepted the position of vice president of the Stewart Iron Works in Covington. He assumed the vice presidency of the J. Hilbert Sapp Co. of Orlando, Florida in 1951. Two years later, he was named general manager of the Illinois based Folger Adam Co. In 1955, he returned to Covington to assume the position of president of the Stewart Iron Works. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1965.

John Hunnicutt died at Booth Memorial Hospital in 1965, he was 61 years old. His last residence was at 627 Sunset Court, Kenton Hills, Kentucky. Hunnicutt left a widow, Virginia, and a son, Jack. He was also survived by three sisters: Mrs. Bess Lowe, Mrs. Bertie Gathier and Mrs. Thelma Braun. Burial was held at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.

Ludlow News, June 4, 1939, p. 2 and June 3, 1965, p. 1.

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