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John Morrison Clay

John Morrison Clay (February 21, 1821 – August 10, 1887) was a Kentucky thoroughbred breeder, a son of statesman Henry Clay, and a husband of Josephine Russell Clay and the brother of Henry Clay, Jr. and James Brown Clay. He was also called John M. Clay.

Upon his father's death, Clay inherited a portion of the large estate, Ashland. To distinguish John Clay's land from the mansion and lands that went to his brother, James Brown Clay, John's holdings were called Ashland Stock Farm, Ashland Stud, or, sometimes, Ashland-on-the-Tates-Creek-Pike.

In 1866 John M. Clay married his nephew's widow, who became known as Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. It is believed that Vic died in the battle.

Following an illness, Clay died in 1887. He is interred at Lexington Cemetery. Josephine Clay continued to very ably run Ashland Stud until her own death in 1920.

See also

Sources and external links

  • Ashland
  • Squib on Josephine Clay
  • Horse Park Biography
  • The Josephine Clay Papers at the University of Kentucky
  • Discussion about Vic
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