Leigh S. J. Hunt
(1854-1933; president 1885-86)
Portrait painted in 1943 by artist Henry Rossman
An Indiana native, Hunt had headed school systems in several Iowa communities, and was superintendent in West Des Moines at the time of his appointment as president of Iowa State. Only 29, Hunt lacked the maturity and educational background the office required. But following his troubled term here, he achieved spectacular successes as journalist and banker in the Pacific Northwest, gold miner in Korea, cotton grower in the Sudan, and promoter of irrigation homesteads in Nevada.