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When John Wesley Hunt came to Kentucky in 1794, his plan was to open a general store in Lexington. A canny judge of business opportunity, he soon expanded his activities and became one of the responsible figures of Kentucky banking and finance. In another kind of venture, he imported fine stallions from the East, significantly improving the bloodlines of thoroughbreds and trotters in the Bluegrass.
John Wesley Hunt tells the story of Hunt’s business exploits against the background of life in frontier Lexington. James A. Ramage reveals how his innovative solutions to the financial problems of the frontier gave rise to the prosperity and culture of Lexington in the nineteenth century
James A. Ramage, Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, is the author of John Wesley Hunt: Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer, and Financier and Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan.
The University Press of Kentucky
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John Wesley Hunt, Kentucky, Frontier life, Kentucky merchants, Lexington
United States History
Ramage, James A., "John Wesley Hunt: Pioneer Merchant, Manufacturer and Financier" (1974). United States History. 35.