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Julian Myrick

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The basics
Date of birth Murfreesboro, Hertford County, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Date of death Jan 04, 1969 New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Awards International Tennis Hall of Fame
The details

Julian Southall Myrick (March 1, 1880 – January 4, 1969) was an insurance salesman and promoter of tennis from the United States.

Myrick was born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina on March 1, 1880. In 1898, Myrick entered the insurance business as an application clerk at the Mutual Insurance Company. In 1906, Myrick partnered with his colleague Charles Ives to start their own company, Ives and Myrick. Myrick is known for his contributions to insurance industry. In 1910, he was involved in founding the first training college for insurance agents. Myrick also helped set up American College of Life Underwriters (now known as The American College) in 1927.

Myrick was also significantly involved in the promotion of tennis in United States. He was the president West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills from 1915 to 1917. He was considered instrumental to the increase in the club's prominence, including its being chosen as the venue of US National Championships (now known as U.S. Open). He was also influential in construction of Forest Hills Stadium in Forest Hills, Queens which hosted the first Wightman Cup competition. Myrick also served as the president of United States Lawn Tennis Association, (now known as United States Tennis Association) from 1920-1922. Myrick promoted induction of tennis in schools and colleges as a major sport and acceptance of the sport on a wider level. Myrick was first to deliver a speech on tennis by radio in 1922. He was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1969 for his contribution to the sport in the United States and his administrative abilities.

Myrick was a lifelong Republican and a strong supporter Herbert Hoover's candidacy for President of the United States. He was a Republican delegate in New York's 17th congressional district. However, during the presidential election in 1920, Myrick supported Democratic candidate James M. Cox for his stand on League of Nations. Myrick helped in gathering public support for the recommendations of the Hoover Commission.

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