John Wesley Hunt

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John Wesley Hunt
Born 1773
Died 1849
Resting place Lexington Cemetery
Residence Hunt-Morgan House
Occupation Merchant, horse breeder, banker, civic leader
Spouse(s) Catherine Hunt
Children Charlton Hunt
Relatives John Hunt Morgan (grandson)
Thomas Hunt Morgan (great-grandson)

John Wesley Hunt (1773–1849) was a prominent businessman and early civic leader in Lexington, Kentucky. He was one of the first millionaires west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

John Wesley Hunt was born in 1773 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was the son of a Lt. Col. in the Revolutionary War, Abraham Hunt, and Theodosia Pearson Hunt.[1]

Career[edit]

Moving to Lexington in 1795, he became a merchant, horsebreeder, hemp manufacturer, and banker. In 1799, President John Adams named Hunt as postmaster of Lexington.

A horsebreeder, he introduced the Messenger strain to Kentucky in the winter of 1839-1840.

Personal life[edit]

He married Catherine Grosh, and in 1814, he built a two-story brick mansion known as "Hopemont" (today known as The Hunt-Morgan House) for him and his wife. Their son Charlton Hunt became the first mayor of Lexington.

Death[edit]

He died in 1849. He was buried in the family plot at the Lexington Cemetery.

Legacy[edit]

John Wesley Hunt's grandson, John Hunt Morgan, was a famous Confederate general during the American Civil War of 1861-1865. A great-grandson, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, was the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize.

References[edit]

  • Ramage, James A., John Wesley Hunt, Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer, & Financier, Lexington, Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky, 1974. ISBN 0-8131-0204-9.

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