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Thomas Willard Hunter, American writer. Ordained to ministry, United Church of Christ, 1973. Named to Guinness Book of World Records for longest oration, 1984, 85.


Hunter, Thomas Willard was born on September 22, 1915 in Emmett, Idaho, United States. Son of Stuart M. and Louise (Willard) Hunter.


Bachelor, Carleton College, 1936;postgraduate, Harvard Law School, 1936-1938;Master of Divinity, Andover Newton Theological School, 1973;Master of Sacred Theology, Andover Newton Theological School, 1977.


Staff executive Oxford Group/Moral Re-Armament, Washington, 1938-1956. Associate general secretary Macalester College, St. Paul, 1957-1959. Coordinator of development Claremont (California) University Center, 1959-1966.

Guest scholar Brookings Institution, Washington, 1966-1967. Executive vice president Indiana Colleges of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1967-1970. Pastor Lee (New Hampshire) Church Congressional and Union Congressional Church of Madbury (New Hampshire), 1970-1976.

Assistant to the president School of Theology, Claremont, 1976-1980. Writer, speaker, since 1980.


  • Ordained to ministry, United Church of Christ, 1973.


Founder 4th of July Citizens Oratory Program, Claremont, since 1977, Annual Claremont Way of the Cross, Claremont, since 1980, Anual Walk to Los Angeles from San Gabriel, since 1981. Grand marshal Claremont 4th of July Parade, 1987. Member Claremont United Church of Christ, since 1961.

Member University Club Claremont, Claremont Rotary.


Married Mary Louise Merrell, August 22, 1945. Children: Thomas M., Willard M.

Stuart M. Hunter

Louise (Willard) Hunter

Mary Louise Merrell

Thomas M. Hunter

Willard M. Hunter