John Cox Stevens (1785-1857)
John Cox Stevens, 1st Commodore of the New York Yacht Club
He was the first Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and a member of the American syndicate that in 1851 won the trophy that would become the America's Cup. In 1994, Stevens was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame and he is also remembered for introducing cricket to the U.S. and co-founding the Union Club. Aside from yachting, Stevens was also passionate about thoroughbred racehorses and he was elected President of The Jockey Club. At Blithewood (then called Mill Hill), he built a complex of stables as well as a racecourse, the upper curve of which was the point on which the chapel now stands. He and his wife died without children.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 04/12/2019 and last updated on 05/12/2019.