“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Paul Mellon

1907 - 1999

Paul Mellon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. Paul Mellon Marker
Inscription.  Thoroughbred racing is but one of many aspects of society to benefit from the philanthropy of Paul Mellon. A book published in the 1990s listed $640 million in major charitable donations. Mellon's interests range from the work of Carl Jung to gazing at mares and foals in the fields of his Virginia Farm, Rokeby. Mellon's love of art has been expressed by such projects as funding the Yale Center for British Art and a wing of the Virginia Art Museum and then filling them with priceless treasures. He also is a past chairman of the National art Gallery, which was given to the nation by his father, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.

Yale man Mellon has been in horse racing since his post-graduate days at Cambridge, and he has boarded mares and stood stallions in Kentucky for many years. He is the only owner to have won the English Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Kentucky Derby. Mellon's Great Mill Reef won the first two and Sea Hero won the Kentucky Derby in 1993. Perhaps his greatest contribution has been a style and grace which set an enduring example of sportsmanship.
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By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
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AnimalsEntertainmentSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1993.
Location. 38° 2.523′ N, 84° 29.419′ W. Marker is 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. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leslie Combs II (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Arden Graham (here, next to this marker); C. V. Whitney (here, next to this marker); Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (a few steps from this marker); George D. Widener (a few steps from this marker); Warren Wright, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); George M. Humphrey (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 406 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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