|Resting place Lexington Cemetery|
Structures Hunt-Morgan House
Name John Hunt
|Children Charlton Hunt|
Spouse(s) Catherine Hunt
|Occupation Merchant, horse breeder, banker, civic leader|
Relatives John Hunt Morgan (grandson) Thomas Hunt Morgan (great-grandson)
Died 1849, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Residence Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Similar People Basil W Duke, Thomas Hunt Morgan, James Brown Clay
John Wesley Hunt (1773–1849) was a prominent businessman and early civic leader in Lexington, Kentucky. He was one of the first millionaires west of the Allegheny Mountains.
John Wesley Hunt was born in 1773 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was the son of a Lt. Col. in the Revolutionary War, Abraham Hunt, and Theodosia Pearson Hunt.
Moving to Lexington in 1795, he became a merchant, horsebreeder, hemp manufacturer, and banker. In 1799, President John Adams named Hunt as postmaster of Lexington.
A horsebreeder, he introduced the Messenger strain to Kentucky in the winter of 1839-1840.
He married Catherine Grosh, and in 1814, he built a two-story brick mansion known as "Hopemont" (today known as The Hunt-Morgan House) for him and his wife. Their son Charlton Hunt became the first mayor of Lexington.
He died in 1849. He was buried in the family plot at the Lexington Cemetery.
John Wesley Hunt's grandson, John Hunt Morgan, was a famous Confederate general during the American Civil War of 1861-1865. A great-grandson, Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, was the first Kentuckian to win a Nobel Prize.