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Gunter, Jot (1845–1907)

Biography Entry

Jot Gunter, lawyer, land dealer, and businessman, was born in North Carolina in 1845. His family moved to Georgia and from there to Upshur County, Texas, where Jot attended school at Gilmer. About 1861 he joined the Confederate Army and served under Richard W. (Dick) Dowling. After the Civil War Gunter studied law in the office of Oran M. Roberts and, on June 3, 1869, married Rosana Ford. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law until about 1878, when he became a partner with William B. Munson, Sr., in buying land certificates and locating land claims. Gunter, Munson, and John S. Summerfield began ranching in 1880 and operated the T Anchor Ranch until about 1885. In 1888 Gunter moved to Dallas and dealt in real estate. About 1895 he moved to Sherman to administer his property near the town of Gunter, which was named for him. In 1901 he entered the real estate business in San Antonio, where the Gunter Hotel and the Gunter Office Building were named for him. He died at San Antonio on July 19, 1907, and was buried there in City Cemetery No. 6.

Lewis E. Daniell, Texas-The Country and Its Men (Austin?, 1924?). Ellis A. Davis and Edwin H. Grobe, comps., The New Encyclopedia of Texas (4 vols. Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 1929?). San Antonio Express, July 20, 1907.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Gunter, Jot,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 28, 2020,

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