Julian Myrick

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Julian Southall Myrick
Born (1880-03-01)March 1, 1880
Murfreesboro, North Carolina, United States
Died January 4, 1969(1969-01-04) (aged 88)
New York City
Occupation Insurer, Tennis Promoter

Julian Southall Myrick (March 1, 1880 – January 4, 1969) was an insurance salesman and promoter of tennis from the United States.

Myrick was born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina on March 1, 1880. In 1898, Myrick entered the insurance business as an application clerk at the Mutual Insurance Company.[1] In 1906, Myrick partnered with his colleague Charles Ives to start their own company, Ives and Myrick.[2] Myrick is known for his contributions to insurance industry. In 1910, he was involved in founding the first training college for insurance agents. Myrick also helped set up American College of Life Underwriters (now known as The American College) in 1927.[1]

Myrick was also significantly involved in the promotion of tennis in United States. He was the president West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills from 1915 to 1917. He was considered instrumental to the increase in the club's prominence, including its being chosen as the venue of US National Championships (now known as U.S. Open).[3] He was also influential in construction of Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, Queens which hosted the first Wightman Cup competition. Myrick also served as the president of United States Lawn Tennis Association, (now known as United States Tennis Association) from 1920-1922. Myrick promoted induction of tennis in schools and colleges as a major sport[4][5] and acceptance of the sport on a wider level.[6][7] Myrick was first to deliver a speech on tennis by radio in 1922.[8] He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969 for his contribution to the sport in the United States and his administrative abilities.[9]

Myrick was a lifelong Republican and a strong supporter Herbert Hoover's candidacy for President of the United States. He was a Republican delegate in New York's 17th congressional district.[10][11] However, during the presidential election in 1920, Myrick supported Democratic candidate James M. Cox for his stand on League of Nations.[12] Myrick helped in gathering public support for the recommendations of the Hoover Commission.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Million-Dollar Oldster". TIME Magazine. 1960-03-14. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  2. ^ Taruskin, Richard (2004-05-16). "Underneath the Dissonance Beat a Brahmsian Heart". NYTimes.com. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  3. ^ "West Side Loses Leader" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1917-11-20. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Myrick Praises Tennis" (PDF). The New York Tennis. The New York Tennis Company. 1918-12-01. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Urges Major Sport Status For Tennis" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1921-04-18. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Tennis Body Sees Big Year For Sport" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1918-12-14. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Tennis As A Major Sport" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1918-06-09. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  8. ^ "First Tennis Speech by Radio To Be Made by J.S. Myrick" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1922-06-04. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Julian Southall Myrick "Uncle Mike"". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on May 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  10. ^ "Women Out for Hoover" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1920-03-19. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  11. ^ "Primary Suspense To End Tomorrow" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1920-04-05. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Julian Myrick Comes Out For Cox" (PDF). The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1920-10-23. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 

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