John Wesley Hunt
John Wesley Hunt
Born 1773
Died 1849
Resting place Lexington Cemetery
Residence Hunt-Morgan House
Occupation Merchant, horse breeder, banker, civic leader
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

Early life

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

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

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

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

Legacy

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

  • 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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