John Wesley Hunt

John Wesley Hunt

Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer and Financier

Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf

by James A. Ramage

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

122 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 in, 4 illustrations, 2 tables

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813193120
  • Published: November 2009



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When John Wesley Hunt came to Kentucky in 1794, his plan was to open a general store in Lexington. A canny judge of business opportunity, he soon expanded his activities and became one of the responsible figures of Kentucky banking and finance. In another kind of venture, he imported fine stallions from the East, significantly improving the bloodlines of thoroughbreds and trotters in the Bluegrass. John Wesley Hunt tells the story of Hunt's business exploits against the background of life in frontier Lexington. James A. Ramage reveals how his innovative solutions to the financial problems of the frontier gave rise to the prosperity and culture of Lexington in the nineteenth century