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 from its inception through the 1969 World Series victory.
Location. 38° 2.499′ N, 84° 29.425′ W. Marker is 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. 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.
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 12, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 13 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.