1960 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Be fair in your business dealings and you will be successful."
John Galbreath was one of six children who grew up in Derby, Ohio. He worked in the fields and performed other farm chores. He paid his way through Ohio University by working. One of his jobs was in the cafeteria, where he worked in return for his meals. He was elected class president in his freshman year and business manager of the yearbook. His first job was selling real estate in Columbus in 1920. He formed his own company in 1922, and although it was hard hit by the Depression, the company offered him an opportunity to work out real estate problems for many large financial institutions. Many of the institutions he served survived the Depression because of the satisfactory manner in which his company disposed of the foreclosed properties. His company built town sites, office buildings, and thousands of residences throughout America. He owned the Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1967 Kentucky Derby winner, Proud Clarion.* Deceased