JAMES K. HUNTER is one of the representative farmers and popular citizens of Sunfield Township and is one of the leading factors in the local contingent of the Republican party, having served for some time as a member of the county central committee and taking a lively interest in all that pertains to the welfare and advancement of the community. He was born in the city of Rochester, new York, July 31, 1855, and is a son of James A. and Ellen (Knox) Hunter, the former of whom was born in Scotland, and the latter in Albany, New York, while both passed their declining years in Sunfield township, Eaton County, Michigan, where the father died at the age of sixty-three years, his wife passing away January 1, 1889. James A. Hunter was a carpenter and joiner by trade and followed the same in New York, as did he also after coming to Michigan. In 1856 he took up his residence in this state, buying one hundred acres of wild land, in section 20, Sunfield Township, Eaton county, and there reclaiming a good farm from the forest. For several years the family occupied the log house, which he built upon his arrival in the county, and he later built the substantial frame residence now on the old homestead. He was a stanch Republican in politics, was possessed of those sterling attributes of character so typical of the true Scotsman, and both he and his wife were zealous members of the Presbyterian Church. They became the parents of six children, of whom the immediate subject of this sketch was the first born; Mary Jane died at the age of seven years; Albert resides on the old homestead farm; Ella is the wife of Dennis A. Hager, a prosperous farmer of Sunfield township; Horace died at the age of two years; and Ernest is a successful farmer of Sunfield Township. James K. Hunter was an infant at the time of his parents' removal from New York to Michigan, and his early years were passed on the pioneer farm. He lent his aid in the reclaiming and improvement of the place and secured such educational advantages as were offered by the local schools. He remained at the parental home until he had attained his legal majority, when he bought forty acres of timbered land, in Sunfield Township, clearing about ten acres and then selling the property, after which he purchased sixty acres of his present homestead, in section 20, same township, the greater portion having been cleared. The old log house, which was on the farm, he later replaced with his present attractive and modern frame residence, and he has added to the area of his original tract by the purchase of eighty acres of well-improved land on the opposite side of the road. He has been energetic and enterprising in his efforts and has met with deserved success in temporal affairs. His attitude in matters political is one of uncompromising adherence to the Republican Party, and he is a member of the township and county committee of the same at the present time, being an active worker in the party cause. He served two terms as township treasurer. He and his wife hold membership in the Presbyterian Church. October 16, 1884, Mr. Hunter was united in marriage to Miss Edna Brown, daughter of Sidney H. Brown, a sketch of whose career is given elsewhere in this volume. They have no children.