"Doc" Tanner was born in New York City in 1865. After trying all trades, even going to sea, he found a place with the Walnut Grove Farm in Washingtonville, New York. From there he worked for several other stables around the country. He then decided to develop a stable of matinee horses for gentlemen drivers, rather than racing for a purse. Tanner established himself and soon had wealthy patrons in Cleveland at the Glenville Track, including amateurs such as H. K. Devereux and C. K. G. Billings. He remained with Billings, devoting his time to racing Uhlan and Lou Dillon. Doc Tanner retired in 1934 and died in January, 1955 in Santa Barbara, California.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals