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William Harold Hunt was born in Compton county, Québec on November 24, 1884. He moved with his family to Manitoba in 1901. He graduated in 1913 from the University of Manitoba's first graduating class in Civil Engineering. To finance his training, he performed survey work for the Hudson Bay Railway. After graduation, he worked for the city of Moose Jaw. In 1916, he was appointed to the Good Roads Board in Manitoba as District Engineer. He moved to Selkirk, Manitoba in 1920 and served as the President of the Selkirk Board of Trade.
In 1940, he enlisted with the Winnipeg Rifles. He then transferred to the Royal Canadian Engineers until 1945 and served at Dundurn, Petawawa, and Wainwright.
Hunt was involved in supervising the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway from Winnipeg to the western border of Ontario and also in Saskatchewan. He established a private practice in 1954.
He was married to Minnie Pearl Taylor and they have four children. Hunt died at age 91 in Winnipeg on January 24, 1976.
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