Al Zambone, the host of the Historically Thinking Podcast, orchestrated an engaging and insightful discussion of William Hunter -Finding Free Speech – The Son of a British Soldier That Became an Early American, published by Sunbury Press.

Historian Al Zambone’s introduction to William Hunter’s Life

“William Hunter was a radical advocate for American democracy. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he was the founder of the second newspaper west of the Alleghenies, and the first newspaper editor to protest the Alien and Sedition Acts. Arguably a Jacksonian Democrat before Andrew Jackson first ran for president, Hunter served the Jackson Administration, and as a civil servant seven successive administrations.

Yet that brief biography obscures his very interesting origins. For William Hunter had been born in New Brunswick, yes, but as the son of John Hunter of the 26th Regiment of the Line. For the first ten years of his life William followed his father as his peacetime service in British America became combat service in the rebellious territory of the new United States. Departing for Britain at age ten in 1778 when his sick father was detached for recruiting duties, William returned to the United States fifteen years later, his father dead, his mother and sister left behind. He was now a committed republican, arriving in Philadelphia in the midst of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. He would never again travel back across the ocean, or see his mother and again.

Gene Procknow describes the ups and downs, and twist and turns of William Hunter’s eventful life in his new book William Hunter Finding Free Speech: A British Soldier’s Son Who Became an Early AmericanFormerly a management consultant with a global consulting firm, Gene Procknow has become a careful historian of early American history; William Hunter is his first book.”


Posted by:Gene Procknow

Revolutionary War Historian, student of leadership and Author

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