Monday, September 24, 2007

The First Millionaire West of the Allegheny Mountains

The first millionaire west of the Allegheny Mountains was John Wesley Hunt. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1795. Hunt was a very successful business man. Hunt was a merchant, horse breeder, hemp manufacturer, and banker-just to give you an ideal of his success.

In 1799 President John Adams named Hunt as postmaster of Lexington Kentucky. As postmaster, Mr. Hunt established a mail route from Lexington to Washington, D.C. And in 1814, Hunt built a two-story brick mansion known as "Hopemont" in Gratz Park.

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