Robert J. Kleberg, Jr.

Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. (HM13K4)

Location: Lexington, KY 40507 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 2.523', W 84° 29.413'

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(1896 - 1947)

For four decades Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. headed King Ranch, one of America's unique institutions. Among divisions of King Ranch is the Thoroughbred farm he founded outside Lexington, on property that was once part of Col. E. R. Bradley's Idle Hour Farm.

Kleberg was a grandson of Captain Richard King, who had heeded Robert E. Lee's personal advice to "buy land and never sell." King Ranch grew to more than eleven million acres of Texas land. Kleberg became its president in 1932, and although he diversified into oil and acquired lands in South America and Australia, he always regarded the cattle business as King Ranch's fundamental mission. He developed the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle and was instrumental in the development of the American Quarter House.

Kleberg's Thoroughbreds included Triple Crown winner Assault and Kentucky Derby winner Middleground. Among the family's numerous descendants involved in racing, a granddaughter, Helen Alexander, succeeded Kleberg in managing the King Ranch Thoroughbred division.
HM NumberHM13K4
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 720243 N 4213454
Decimal Degrees38.04205000, -84.49021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.523', W 84° 29.413'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 31.38" N, 84° 29' 24.78" W
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Area Code(s)859
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 374-376 E Short St, Lexington KY 40507, US
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