“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)

John S. Knight

1894 - 1981

John S. Knight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
1. John S. Knight Marker
Inscription. Adjacent to this park is the building of the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the large Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers. Both Messrs. Knight and Ridder were longtime owners and breeders of racehorses. John S. Knight started with the Akron Beacon Journal after World War I and built a chain of papers including such major markets as Miami, Detroit, and Chicago. He personally authored a series that won one of his papers' twenty-six Pulitzer Prizes. He and Marshall Field began a racing partnership named Fourth Estate Stable, which Knight later carried on by himself. His best horses also had journalistic names, such as War Censor, Editorialist, Copy Chief, and Journalist. His son, Landon Knight, owned the 1977 English Derby winner, Benny the Dip, which was then sent to stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.

In 1974, Knight Newspapers merged with Ridder Publications, which had properties in New York, Minnesota, and California. Bernard J. Ridder (1913-1983) was a third-generation newspaperman who joined his family firm after World War II. He bought Murrieta Stud in Southern California, and raced the champion mare Cascapedia and the prominent Flying Paster.
Location. 38° 2.509′ N, 84° 29.379′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker
John S. Knight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Smith, July 12, 2012
2. John S. Knight 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William S. Farish (here, next to this marker); George Washington (here, next to this marker); Lexington (a few steps from this marker); William T. Young (a few steps from this marker); Robert A. Alexander (a few steps from this marker); Sam Hildreth (a few steps from this marker); John W. Galbreath (a few steps from this marker); Harry Payne Whitney (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 316 times since then and 24 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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