Interview with John A. Morris, May 1, 1974

Project: Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project

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John A. Morris talks about his life and career in the horse industry. He begins by explaining how his family was in the horse business and when he was young his father bought him a filly. After training and successfully competing with the horse, Morris sold it for a profit and so began his career in the horse industry. Morris talks about his time in the military in WWI and his career afterward. Morris explains his climb from being hired as secretary to the treasurer within a horse racing association to helping form The New York Horse Racing Association. Morris next discusses how the government reacted to horse racing and the various ways they tried to get more tax money from it. Finally, Morris talks about his own stable and a few horses he has had and the trials and tribulations of horse breeding. Morris says his favorite part of the horse industry was the people he had met from around the country and from all walks of life. He hopes his family can carry on the tradition and believes his son might be able to do it.

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2008oh100_hik060

Interviewee Name

John A. Morris

Interviewer Name

Edward Bowen

Interview Date

1974-05-01

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Morris, John A. Interview by Edward Bowen. 01 May. 1974. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Morris, J.A. (1974, May 01). Interview by E. Bowen. Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Morris, John A., interview by Edward Bowen. May 01, 1974, Horse Industry in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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