Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," it is the heart of the state's Bluegrass region. Notable locations in the city include the Kentucky Horse Park, The Red Mile and Keeneland race courses, Rupp Arena, Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Lexington ranks 10th among US cities in college education rate, with 39.5% of residents having at least a bachelor's degree. In the 2018 U. S. Census Estimate, the city's population was 323,780 anchoring a metropolitan area of 516,697 people and a combined statistical area of 760,528 people. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States; the city is consolidated within Fayette County, vice versa. It has a nonpartisan mayor-council form of government, with 12 council districts and three members elected at large, with the highest vote-getter designated vice mayor; this area of fertile soil and abundant wildlife was long occupied by varying tribes of Native Americans.
European explorers began to trade with them, but settlers did not come in large numbers until the late 18th century. Lexington was named in June 1775, in what was considered Fincastle County, Virginia, 17 years before Kentucky became a state. A party of frontiersmen, led by William McConnell, camped on the Middle Fork of Elkhorn Creek at the site of the present-day McConnell Springs. Upon hearing of the colonists' victory in the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, they named the site Lexington, it was the first of many American places to be named after the Massachusetts town. Danger from the ensuing war with the British and allied tribes delayed permanent settlement for four years. In 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, Col. Robert Patterson and 25 companions came from Fort Harrod and erected a blockhouse, they built a stockade, establishing a settlement known as Lexington. In 1780, Lexington was made the seat of Virginia's newly organized Fayette County; the town was chartered on May 1782, by an act of the Virginia General Assembly.
The First African Baptist Church was founded c. 1790 by Peter Durrett, a Baptist preacher and slave held by Joseph Craig. Durrett helped guide "The Travelling Church", a group migration of several hundred pioneers led by the preacher Lewis Craig and Captain William Ellis from Orange County, Virginia to Kentucky in 1781, it is the third-oldest in the United States. In 1806, Lexington was a rising city of the vast territory to the west of the Appalachian Mountains. In the early 19th century, planter John Wesley Hunt became the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies; the growing town was devastated by a cholera epidemic in 1833, which had spread throughout the waterways of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys: 500 of 7,000 Lexington residents died within two months, including nearly one-third of the congregation of Christ Church Episcopal. London Ferrill, second preacher of First African Baptist, was one of three clergy who stayed in the city to serve the suffering victims. Additional cholera outbreaks occurred in the early 1850s.
Cholera was spread by people using contaminated water supplies, but its transmission was not understood in those years. The wealthier people would flee town for outlying areas to try to avoid the spread of disease. Planters held slaves for use as field hands, laborers and domestic servants. In the city, slaves worked as domestic servants and artisans, although they worked with merchants, in a wide variety of trades. Plantations raised commodity crops of tobacco and hemp, thoroughbred horse breeding and racing became established in this part of the state. In 1850, one-fifth of the state's population were slaves, Lexington had the highest concentration of slaves in the entire state, it had a significant population of free blacks, who were of mixed race. By 1850, First African Baptist Church, led by London Ferrill, a free black from Virginia, had a congregation of 1,820 persons, the largest of any, black or white, in the entire state. Many of 19th-century America's leading political and military figures spent part of their lives in the city, including U.
S. President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. S. Senator and Vice President John C. Breckinridge. S. Senator, Secretary of State Henry Clay, who had a plantation nearby. Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln was born and raised in Lexington, the couple visited the city several times after their marriage in 1842. During the 19th century, migrants moved from central Kentucky to Missouri, they established their traditional crops and livestock in Middle Tennessee and an area of Missouri along the Missouri River. While Kentucky stayed in the Union during the American Civil War, the residents of different regions of the state had divided loyalties. Amidst the tensions between black and white populations over the lack of affordable housing in the city during the Great Migration, on September 1, 1917 a race riot broke out. At the time, the Colored A.&M. Fair on Georgetown Pike attracted more African Americans from the surrounding area into the city. During this time, some National Guard troops were camping on the edge of the city.
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William Boyett was an American actor best known for his work as the low-key but authoritative Sergeant William'Mac' MacDonald on the police drama Adam-12. Boyett was born in Akron and lived there until the 1940s, when he moved with his family to Los Angeles, California, he won a Shakespeare competition in high school which led to acting jobs in radio. Boyett served in the Navy during World War II and afterward performed on the stage in both New York City and Los Angeles. In 1954, Boyett played respected settler Jim Hardwicke in the Death Valley Days episode "11,000 Miners Can't Be Wrong", it details the competition between Sacramento to be the capital of California. When he informs the sheriff that he had killed a man in self-defense, Hardwicke is forced to stand trial. Political influence coerces the jury to find Hardwicke guilty, his lawyer, Ed Barrett, develops a bizarre scheme to free his client from the hangman's noose. Barrett steals from a safe in the local bank a petition with 11,000 signatures of persons who want Columbia to be the capital, rewrites the first page to call for a pardon for Hardwicke, appeals to the governor, impressed that so many signed.
The governor orders Hardwicke's release. Boyett was cast as a law-enforcement officer, portrayed that role in such diverse series as Gang Busters, The Man Behind the Badge, I Led 3 Lives, M Squad, The Detectives, Sea Hunt and Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. Jack Webb, the executive producer of Adam-12 selected Boyett for the role of Sgt. "Mac" MacDonald after several performances in both iterations of Webb's Dragnet. Boyett stayed with the series for its entire 1968–1975 run. Boyett supported Broderick Crawford in 64 episodes of Highway Patrol as either Officer Johnson or Sergeant Williams, he made eight guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason throughout the series' nine-year run in law-enforcement roles. In 1962, he played slain police officer Otto Norden in "The Case of the Hateful Hero"; the defendant was his rookie partner James Anderson played by Richard Davalos, cousin of series regular Lt. Anderson played by Wesley Lau, he played a corporate executive, Buck Osborn, in the 1961 episode "The Case of the Renegade Refugee".
In the 1961 My Three Sons episode "Fire Watch", he was a forest ranger. Boyett appeared in a number of television programs, such as Official Detective, Navy Log, Tales of the Texas Rangers, I Spy, The Man from U. N. C. L. E; the Andy Griffith Show, Family Affair, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, The Rockford Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The A-Team, Knight Rider, Rescue 8, Murphy Brown and Night Court. He appeared in numerous episodes of Emergency! as Chief McConnikee of Los Angeles County Fire Department's Battalion 14. Boyett acted in several motion pictures, such as The Hidden and The Rocketeer. Boyett earned much praise for The Hidden as a hospital patient named Jonathan P. Miller, possessed by an alien being with a taste for red Ferraris and rock and roll music, he appeared in a short public safety film entitled Last Clear Chance as Patrolman Hal Jackson. Other small roles as a police officer include the crime dramas Vice Squad with Edward G. Robinson and Shield For Murder with Edmond O'Brien.
Boyett died December 29, 2004, in Mission Hills, California, at age 77, of complications from pneumonia and kidney failure. Associated Press. Actor William Boyett, 77, Akron native, dies in L. A. Akron Beacon Journal, p. B6. William Boyett on IMDb William Boyett at AllMovie William Boyett at Find a Grave William Boyett at Memory Alpha
Sherrard Alexander Robertson was a Canadian-American utility player, front office executive, coach in Major League Baseball. He played three outfield and three infield positions over his MLB career for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics, including 109 games as a second baseman, 104 as a right fielder and 98 as a third baseman; the nephew of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and club owner Clark Griffith, Robertson was part of an extended family that operated the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins franchise of the American League for 72 years. Robertson was a native of Montreal, the son of a minor league player. Robertson moved to the Washington, D. C. area with his widowed mother and six siblings when he was a child. He attended the University of Maryland. Robertson's brother Calvin was adopted by Clark Griffith, took his uncle's last name and succeeded him as the Senators' president. Calvin Griffith controlled 52 percent of the team's stock and operated the Senators as majority owner from 1955–60.
He moved the club to Minneapolis–St. Paul after the 1960 season, led the renamed Twins until he sold them in August 1984. Sherry Robertson was the longtime director of the team's farm system, two other brothers and Billy Robertson, were club executives. In addition, brother-in-law Joe Haynes, a former Washington pitcher, was an executive vice president of the Senators and Twins. Robertson batted left-handed, threw right-handed, was listed as 6 feet tall 180 pounds, his playing career extended from 1939–52, with time out for service in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. He played for his brother Calvin with the Class B Charlotte Hornets in both 1939 and 1940 during Griffith's apprenticeship as a minor league manager. Robertson saw MLB action with the Senators and Philadelphia Athletics. In ten seasons he played in 597 games and had 1,507 at bats, scored 200 runs, compiled 346 hits, 55 doubles, 18 triples, 26 home runs, 151 runs batted in, 32 stolen bases, 202 walks, with a.230 batting average.323 on-base percentage.342 slugging percentage, 515 total bases and 14 sacrifice hits.
After succeeding Ossie Bluege as the Senators' farm system director in 1958 moving to Minnesota along with the franchise after the 1960 season, Robertson returned to uniform as a bench coach with the Twins in 1970. After that season, he died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Houghton, South Dakota, at the age of 51, he was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Robertson was the first Major League Baseball player to inadvertently kill a spectator at a baseball game, the only one to do so with a thrown ball. During a 1943 game at Griffith Stadium against the Cleveland Indians, Robertson fielded a grounder hit by Ken Keltner, his throw to first baseman Mickey Vernon was high, went into the front row of the stands, where it struck 32-year-old Clarence Stagemyer, after shaking his head a few times, said he was alright. The Senators' team doctor looked him over and told him to go to the hospital. Stagemeyer did, died there the following day of concussion and a skull fracture.
Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Sherry Robertson at Find a Grave