John Wesley Hunt
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John Wesley Hunt
|Resting place||Lexington Cemetery|
|Occupation||Merchant, horse breeder, banker, civic leader|
|Relatives||John Hunt Morgan (grandson)|
Thomas Hunt Morgan (great-grandson)
A horsebreeder, he introduced the Messenger strain to Kentucky in the winter of 1839-1840.
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.
He died in 1849. He was buried in the family plot at the Lexington Cemetery.
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.
- Ramage, James A., John Wesley Hunt, Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer, & Financier, Lexington, Kentucky, University Press of Kentucky, 1974. ISBN 0-8131-0204-9.
- Digitized images of the Hunt-Morgan House deposit photographs, 1847-1966 housed at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center
- Digitized images of the Abijah and John Wesley Hunt daybook, 1796 July 2 - October 1, housed at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center
- Guide to Hunt-Morgan family papers, 1784-1949 housed at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center
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