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Jack Jouett: Portrait of an American Hero

Jack Jouett: Portrait of an American Hero

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Jack Jouett: Portrait of An American Hero

A brave man, a devoted horse, and a daring midnight ride. Those are the exciting ingredients of this true account of an American hero, Captain Jack Jouett. His son Matthew tells this amazing story set in the midst of the Revolutionary War — a conflict that ended in triumph for the United States because of brave souls like Captain Jouett. JACK JOUETT is best remembered for his June 3, 1871 ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of coming British cavalry who had been sent to capture them. Jack and Sally Jouett eventually moved to frontier Kentucky where they built their Federal-style brick home in Woodford County in 1797. They reared 11 surviving children on the property. Jack Jouett was elected to the legislature and helped Kentucky become a state separate from Virginia in 1792. A successful farmer and horse breeder, Jouett earned the respect and friendship of men such as Senator Henry Clay and President Andrew Jackson. Jouetts’ most famous son, Matthew, became one of Kentucky’s best-known portrait artists of the 19th century. The Jouett home near Versailles, Kentucky, is now a museum.

Read more about this historical event on the Monticello website.

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