Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
William T. Young
1918 - 2004
One of Lexington's most distinguished native citizens also emerged as one of America's top Thoroughbred breeders and owners. W. T. Young developed the stately Overbrook Farm, stocked it with high quality bloodstock and began breeding, racing, selling and buying a succession of major winners. His Storm Cat became one of the leading stallions in the world. Between 1994 and 1996, Young was owner or co-owner of winners of five Triple Crown races. In 1996, Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby and editor's Note won the Belmont Stakes, making Young the first owner since 1875 to win those races in the same year with different horses. His other stars include Tabasco Cat, Timber Country and the unbeaten filly, Flanders. A University of Kentucky graduate and an Army Major in World War II, Young launched a succession of businesses locally. They include development of a peanut butter brand, later sold to Procter & Gamble and re-named Jif, and founding of W. T. Young, Inc. in 1958. The chairman of the boards of Transylvania University, Shakertown, the Lexington Opera House Fund and Royal Crown Cola, he also served on the boards of some two dozen firms and institutions. His numerous philanthropies include a $5 million gift to the University of Kentucky library, the William T. Young Library.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. William T. Young Marker
2.507′ N, 84° 29.387′ 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.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. William T. Young Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert A. Alexander (here, next to this marker); Sam Hildreth (here, next to this marker); John W. Galbreath (a few steps from this marker); Harry Payne Whitney (a few steps from this marker); John S. Knight (a few steps from this marker); Samuel D. Riddle (a few steps from this marker); William S. Farish (a few steps from this marker); Lexington (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 322 times since then and 17 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.