orrin a. hickok
Orrin Hickok was born near Ashtabula, Ohio around 1830. As a boy he rode Thoroughbreds until he became too heavy, then turned to trotters. In 1855 he relocated to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where he made a name for himself with a winning stable. Around 1870 he moved to New York, where he purchased Lucy and campaigned her around the country, against Goldsmith Maid. Next came Judge Fullerton, and in 1874 Hickok won all his starts to high-wheel sulky and wagon. He next purchased St. Julien and made trotting history with a horse that had previously been pulling a milk wagon. In 1879 Hickok drove him to a record of 2:12 3/4 in Oakland, California. Some of the "Talleyrand's" (his nickname was "the Talleyrand of the Turf") other champions were Santa Claus, Hulda, Azote and Directum. Orrin Hickok died in 1903 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1992 book, The Immortals