Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Hay Whitney
1904 - 1982
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
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Entertainment • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
Location. 38° 2.499′ N, 84° 29.425′ 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. 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). 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 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.