1873 - 1956
Businessman. Victor Kenney Dodge was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and moved to Lexington in 1891. He became part owner of the Lexington Lumber Company. He was a member of the Board of Aldermen for the City of Lexington in 1902 and 1903. In 1924, he was a candidate for the city commissioner. He was a Captain in the Kentucky Guard and an expert pistol shot (winning a number of competitions).
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In December 1908, he was a founder of the Lexington Motor Car Company and was active in the company’s affairs. In 1909 and 1910, he participated in the Glidden Tour, driving a Lexington Model A.
He also founded the Phoenix Motor Car Company, Lexington, Kentucky in 1909 that sold motor cars and operated a garage. This company eventually became the Lafayette-Phoenix Garage, and operated until the 1950s. He also became the Vice President of Lafayette Hotel, Lexington, Kentucky.
He was an organizer of the Keeneland Association and a member of its Board of Directors. He was also a recognized authority in ornithology and archaeology. [i]
[i] Lexington Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, March 1, 1956, page 8, column 1.