John Wallace was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1822. He was raised on a farm and his vocation was to have been that of a farmer. At the age of twenty-three, he married and moved to Muscatine, Iowa, where he was employed by the State Board of Agriculture. As its Secretary, Wallace became interested in compiling a Stud Book for the trotting horse. In 1871 the first volume of his Trotting Register appeared. He worked and fought for the Standard, which was finally established in 1879. After the Standard was set, Wallace began publishing Wallace's Year Book and his last years were devoted to writing The Horse of America. The USTA Year Book and Register evolved from Wallace's earlier works. He died in 1903.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals