Born in 1869 in Jefferson, Ohio, John Hervey was raised in a horseman's family. As a young man his knowledge of horsebreeding and his personality led him to his profession of writing. William Fasig hired Hervey to work in his sales organization and soon he was writing articles for the turf journals. He joined the staff of The Horse Review and remained with it to its end in 1932, writing under the name of "Volunteer." Hervey's writings on all aspects of the horses were masterpieces. He was also an authority on the English and American Thoroughbred. His book, The American Trotter, is still the "Bible" of reference for horsemen. John Hervey died in Chicago in December 1947.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals