William Ransom Johnson

William Ransom Johnson (HMJ92)

Location: Chesterfield, VA 23838 Chesterfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 19.266', W 77° 45.016'

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William Ransom Johnson lived near here at Oakland. Called the "Napoleon of the Turf," he dominated American horseracing early in the 19th century. He trained more than 20 champions and achieved national fame from the 30 North-South match races held at Long Island's Union Track, 1823-1834. The most famous, American Eclipse vs. Sir Henry in 1823, drew more than60,000 spectators and was the nation's first major sports event. After Johnson's Henry lost two of three heats, several bettors lost fortunes. Johnson represented first Petersburg and then Chesterfield County in the Virginia legislature,1818-1837. He died in Mobile, Alabama.
HM NumberHMJ92
Marker NumberM 60
Year Placed2007
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 256299 N 4134041
Decimal Degrees37.32110000, -77.75026667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.266', W 77° 45.016'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 15.96" N, 77° 45' 0.96" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18373-18399 State Rte 602, Chesterfield VA 23838, US
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