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John Hay Whitney

1904 - 1982

 
 
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By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. John Hay Whitney Marker
Inscription. British Prime Minister Harold McMillan proclaimed John Hay (Jock) Whitney "the best Ambassador the United States ever had here." Whitney was named to the post in 1954 by President Eisenhower, a golfing and hunting crony. Whitney was named for his grandfather, John Hay, who also had been our Ambassador to England as well as Secretary of State and private secretary to Abraham Lincoln.

Whitney and his sister, Joan Whitney Payson, were also born to the Turf, inheriting Greentree Stud outside Lexington from their mother, Mrs. Payne Whitney, in 1944. They raced the great Tom Fool and won the 100th running of the Belmont Stakes with Stage Door Johnny in 1968. Whitney and Mrs. Payson were prominent in other professional pursuits and also supported the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art. Whitney helped finance A Streetcar Name Desire on Broadway and the movie Gone With the Wind and he published the Herald-Tribune and Scientific American. Assigned to Intelligence in World War II, Col. Whitney escaped imprisonment by leaping from a moving POW train. Mrs. Payson had a lifelong love of baseball and owned the New York Mets franchise from its inception through the 1969 World Series victory.
 
Location. 38° 2.499′ N, 84° 29.425′ W. Marker is
John Hay Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. John Hay Whitney Marker
in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. E. R. Bradley (a few steps from this marker); John E. Madden (a few steps from this marker); James Ben Ali Haggin (a few steps from this marker); Hal Price Headley (a few steps from this marker); August Belmont II (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Clay (within shouting distance of this marker); James R. Keene (within shouting distance of this marker); Sheikh Mohammed (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .  Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.) 
 
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John Hay Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
3. John Hay Whitney Marker
John Hay Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
4. John Hay Whitney Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 288 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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