1782-1849William 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.
|Marker Number||M 60|
|Placed By||Department of Historic Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:44pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 256299 N 4134041|
|Decimal Degrees||37.32110000, -77.75026667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 19.266', W 77° 45.016'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 19' 15.96" N, 77° 45' 0.96" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 18373-18399 State Rte 602, Chesterfield VA 23838, US|
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