Bred by Clark Jones, Columbia, Tennessee in 1909, Napoleon Direct, a 1909 foal, was sired by Walter Direct out of Lady Electress. He was sold to H. S. Frierson and in 1913 Pop Geers raced him for his first season and won ten of fourteen races. In 1915, he won at Lexington in 2:00 3/4. The next season Napoleon Direct gave Pop Geers his first 2:00 ride by pacing in 1:59 3/4, and won twenty-one out of twenty-three heats started. He was retired to stud at Tolley Farm in Columbia and by 1930 was considered the greatest living pacing sire. At the age of twenty-four he sired the world champion pacer Billy Direct. Napoleon Direct died on January 22, 1934 at Tolley Farm.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals