“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)

C. V. Whitney

1899 - 1992

C. V. Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. C. V. Whitney Marker
Inscription. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney represented the third generation of the Whitney family's prominence in business, society, and racing. His mother was a granddaughter of shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. C. V. Whitney and a cousin, John Hay Whitney, financed early color motion pictures, including Gone With the Wind, and Whitney's own company later produced the John Wayne film The searchers. Whitney was among the founders of Pan American Airways and served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and Undersecretary of Commerce. In racing, Whitney took on the family mantle and was the nation's leading owner annually from 1930-34 and again in 1960. Eventually, he bred 176 stakes winners, most of them at C. V. Whitney Farm on Paris Pike, Lexington. Whitney's Fisherman was the first American winner of the Washington, D. C., International and his other distinguished runners included Equipoise, Top flight, Silver Spoon, and Counterpoint.
Location. 38° 2.521′ N, 84° 29.416′ 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. Touch 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.
C. V. Whitney Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. C. V. Whitney Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Leslie Combs II (here, next to this marker); Paul Mellon (here, next to this marker); Elizabeth Arden Graham (a few steps from this marker); Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (a few steps from this marker); Lucille Parker Markey (a few steps from this marker); HRM Queen Elizabeth II (a few steps from this marker); George D. Widener (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 34 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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