Hunt, John Wesley

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Merchant, farmer, and hemp manufacturer of Lexington, Ky.

From the description of John Wesley Hunt Papers, 1792-1849. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49243380

Biographical note: John Wesley Hunt, a native of Trenton, New Jersey, settled in Lexington, Kentucky in 1794. He operated a dry goods store there in partnership with his brother Abijah Hunt, until 1800, when Abijah moved to Mississippi. Thereafter in addition to importing and exporting various commodities through contacts and agents in such cities as Philadelphia, Louisville, New Orleans, and Natchez, Hunt was an important manufacturer of hemp, a stock breeder, land speculator, banker, and farmer. His estate was valued in excess of $800,000 at his death. Hunt was the grandfather of Civil War figure, John Hunt Morgan.

From the description of Papers, 1795-1849. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 191917667

Merchant, manufacturer, financier.

John Wesley Hunt came to Lexington, Kentucky, from Trenton, New Jersey in 1795. He opened a general store, and later became a wholesale trader in cotton, tobacco, saltpeter, and especially hemp. He was also involved in horse breeding and banking. Among Hunt's descendants were the Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, and the Nobel prize-winning biologist, Thomas Hunt Morgan.

From the description of John Wesley Hunt daybook, July-September, 1796. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13428287

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creatorOf Hunt, John Wesley, 1773-1849. Papers, 1795-1849. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
referencedIn True American (Lexington, Ky.). Broadside, 1845. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Morgan family. Hunt-Morgan family papers, 1784-1949. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Hunt, John Wesley, 1773-1849. John Wesley Hunt daybook, July-September, 1796. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn John Hunt Morgan II collection, 1815-1940. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
referencedIn Harding, John. John Harding collection, 1846-1914. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Miscellaneous manuscripts, [1803?]-1957 (bulk 1820-1885). Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Corlis-Respess family. Corlis-Respess Family : Papers, 1698-1984 1787-1840. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Hunt, John Wesley, 1773-1849. John Wesley Hunt Papers, 1792-1849. The Filson Historical Society
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associatedWith Astor, John Jacob, 1822-1890. person
associatedWith Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836. person
associatedWith Corlis-Respess family. corporateBody
associatedWith Eastern State Hospital (Ky.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849. person
associatedWith Harding, John. person
associatedWith Hunt, Abijah, fl. 1785-1800. person
associatedWith Hunt, Pearson, fl. 1798. person
associatedWith Hunt, Wilson, fl. 1798. person
associatedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. person
associatedWith McKinley, John, 1782-1852. person
associatedWith Morgan family. family
correspondedWith Nicholas, George, 1754?-1799 person
associatedWith True American (Lexington, Ky.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Kentucky--Lexington
Ohio--Cincinnati
Lexington (Ky.)
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Kentucky
Kentucky
United States
Mississippi--Natchez
Kentucky
Kentucky--Louisville
New York (State)
New Jersey--Trenton
Louisiana--New Orleans
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Birth 1773

Death 1849

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