Abraham Hunt


Trenton merchant Abraham Hunt is best known for having entertained the Hessian commander Colonel Johann Rall on Christmas night 1776 on the eve of the First Battle of Trenton. While he offered hospitality to the leader of the opposing forces in enemy-occupied Trenton, Hunt was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hunterdon County militia and may have known of Washington’s imminent attack on the town. From 1762 until 1780 Abraham Hunt partnered with Moore Furman in the firm of Furman and Hunt, which dominated the Trenton-Philadelphia river trade. In November and December of 1784 Hunt both operated a store and resided directly across the street from the French Arms Tavern where Congress met.
[credit: portrait reproduced in William S. Stryker, The Battles of Trenton and Princeton, 1898]