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Elmo Bolton Hunter, American federal judge. Bar: Missouri 1938. Recipient 1st Annual Law Day award University Missouri, 1964, Charles E. Whittaker award, 1994, Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation medal, 1994, citation of Merit Missouri Law School, 1996.


Hunter, Elmo Bolton was born on October 23, 1915 in St. Louis. Son of David Riley and Della (Bolton) Hunter.


Bachelor of Arts Missouri, 1936. Bachelor of Laws, University Missouri, 1938. Cook Graduate fellow, University Michigan, 1941.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), College of Ozarks, 1988.


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Hunter received an A.B. from the University of Missouri in 1936 and an LL.B. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1938. He was a law clerk, Hon. Kimbrough Stone, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit from 1938 to 1939.

He was a Senior assistant city counselor, Kansas City, Missouri from 1939 to 1941. He was a Fellow, Cook Fellowship, University of Michigan Law School in 1941. He was a Special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and District of Kansas for prosecution of war fraud cases from 1941 to 1942.

He was in the United States Army Lieutenant during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He was in private practice in Kansas City, Missouri from 1945 to 1951. He was a judge on the State Circuit Court of Missouri from 1951 to 1957.

He was a judge on the Kansas City Court of Appeals, Missouri from 1957 to 1965. He was an Instructor of law, University of Missouri from 1952 to 1962. Hunter was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Hunter was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 14, 1965, to a seat vacated by Floyd R. Gibson. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 11, 1965, and received his commission the same day. He served as chief judge from 1980-2003.

He assumed senior status on December 31, 1980. Hunter served in that capacity until his death, in Lee's Summit, Missouri.


  • Bar: Missouri 1938.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Board Police Commissioners, 1949-1951. Trustee Kansas City University, College of Ozarks. Fellow William Rockhill Nelson Gallery Art.

1st lieutenant Military Intelligence, Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow American Bar Association. Member Federal, Missouri bar associations, Judicial Conference United States (member long range planning committee, chairman court administration committee), American Judicature Society (board governors, member executive committee, president, chairman board, Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice award 1987), Academy Missouri Squires, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Shirley Arnold, April 5, 1952. 1 child, Nancy Ann (Mistress Ray Lee Hunt).

David Riley Hunter

Della (Bolton) Hunter

Shirley Arnold

Nancy Ann Hunter (Mistress Ray Lee Hunt)