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Lewis, Garrett Davis

(born: 1862  -  died: 1880) 

In 1880, Lewis won the Kentucky Derby riding Fonso for Byron McClellan. The industry's first foul was claimed after the race. Lewis died a few weeks later at his home in Hutchison Station, KY. He had been injured in an accident that occurred while he was racing in St. Louis, MO.

Garrett Davis Lewis was the son of Henry and Mary Lewis. For more see Black Winning Jockeys in the Kentucky Derby by J. R. Saunders and M. R. Saunders; "Death from accident," Kentucky Gazette, 7/07/1880, p. 3, col. 4; and "Death of Garrett Lewis," Kentucky Live Stock Record, July 10, 1880, p. 25.

*Death notices and name correction provided by Yvonne Giles.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Bourbon County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Hutchinson Station, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


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