James Graham Brown

James Graham BrownBorn in 1881 in Madison, Indiana, James Graham Brown was a savvy businessman who made his fortune in the timber industry in the south. Because of his love of the thoroughbred industry, he adopted the state of Kentucky as his home, funding philanthropic projects that ranged from the Louisville Zoo to the University of Louisville. Other business interests included the Brown Hotel and Churchill Downs. When he died in 1969 with no heirs, he left the bulk of his estate to the foundation that bears his name, charging in his will that “The Foundation shall, so far as possible, do things that will promote the well-being of the citizens of the City of Louisville and the citizens of the State of Kentucky in matters of business, education, health and general welfare, and advancement.”

His dream was to help create a Kentucky “of which all can be proud.”