John Albert Morris
|John Albert Morris|
New Jersey, United States
|Died||May 25, 1895
Kerrville, Texas, United States
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Resting place||Metairie Cemetery, New Olreans|
|Residence||New Orleans, Louisiana,
Throggs Neck, New York,
Bar Harbor, Maine,
Gillespie County, Texas,
|Occupation||Businessman, Lottery operator, Racetrack owner, Racehorse owner/breeder|
|Board member of||Louisiana State Lottery Company, Morris Park Racecourse|
2) Alfred Hennen
3) David Hennen
4) Isabel Morris-Ledyard
John Albert Morris (July 1836 – May 25, 1895) was an American businessman widely known as the "Lottery King" and a prominent figure in the sport of thoroughbred horse racing. A native of New Jersey, he benefited from a large inheritance and added substantially to his fortune through a majority interest in the Louisiana State Lottery Company.
In 1857, he married Cora Hennen, the daughter of Alfred Hennen, a wealthy and prominent judge in New Orleans. The couple had four children:
- Francis Morris (c. 1864–1880)
- Alfred Hennen Morris (1864–1959) — a Vice-Chairman and steward of The Jockey Club
- David Hennen Morris (1872–1944) — lawyer, diplomat, United States Ambassador to Belgium (1933–1937), and co-founder of the International Auxiliary Language Association
- Isabel Morris — married Lewis Cass Ledyard, a grandson of statesman and politician Lewis Cass
His father, Francis Morris, was also involved in horse racing, and notably owned Ruthless, the winner of the 1867 Belmont and Travers Stakes. John Morris inherited his father's 25,000-acre (100 km2) ranch in Gillespie County, Texas, fourteen miles (21 km) from the town of Kerrville, where he established a horse breeding operation.
John Morris owned a large racing stable in the United States and another in Europe. With Leonard W. Jerome as his minority partner, in 1889 he opened Morris Park Racecourse in what was then Westchester County, New York. The racetrack hosted the Belmont Stakes from 1890 through 1904 as well as the Preakness Stakes in 1890. A few days before he died in May 1895, he leased the racecourse, with an option to purchase, to the Westchester Racing Association. The Morris heirs sold the property to real estate developers in 1905.
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