Sunday, April 22, 2012
John George Adair
John George Adair was an Englishman who owned estates in England and Ireland. Although he was educated for diplomatic service, he chose the finance route. In 1866, he traveled to New York City and established a brokerage firm in hopes of giving British loans at higher interest rates in America than could be given in Britain. He married Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie in 1869. Early in their marriage, they divided their time between America and Ireland. In 1874, the Adairs went to Nebraska to go on a buffalo hunt. Although unsuccessful, Adair liked the ways of the west and saw potential in what the West had to offer. In 1875, he moved his brokerage business to Denver, Colorado. In March of 1876, his firm loaned money to Charles Goodnight and Adair began to gain interest in the cattle business. In 1877, Adair and Goodnight formed a partnership and started the JA Ranch. Adair tallied the cattle and saw to it that the ranch was under-way and returned to England. Adair died in St. Louis on May 14, 1885 on his third trip back to the ranch. His remains were shipped back to Rathdair to be buried.