Famous 19th Century Boxers

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Bob Fitzsimmons
(British Professional Boxer Who was the Sport’s First Three-Division World Champion)
Bob Fitzsimmons
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Birthdate: May 26, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helston, England
Died: October 22, 1917

British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons initially spent a lot of time in his family’s blacksmith’s forge in New Zealand, thus later earning the nickname The Fighting Blacksmith. He later scripted history as the first boxer to win world titles in three categories, the middleweight, the light-heavyweight, and the heavyweight divisions.

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John L. Sullivan
(Boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing)
John L. Sullivan
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Birthdate: October 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 2, 1918
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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James Forrestal
(1st United States Secretary of Defense (1947 - 1949))
James Forrestal
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Birthdate: February 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beacon
Died: May 22, 1949

James Forrestal was an American financier who served as the first US Secretary of Defense from 1947 to 1949. He is also remembered for his service as the US Secretary of the Navy from 1944 to 1947. James Forrestal was honored with the Medal of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal by President Harry S. Truman.

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 4 
Benny Leonard
(Boxer)
Benny Leonard
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Birthdate: April 7, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, United States
Died: April 18, 1947
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Stanley Ketchel
(Boxer)
Stanley Ketchel
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Birthdate: September 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: October 15, 1910
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Joe Gans
(Boxer)
Joe Gans
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Birthdate: November 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: August 10, 1910
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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James Jackson Jeffries
(Boxer)
James Jackson Jeffries
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Birthdate: April 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carroll, Ohio, United States
Died: March 3, 1953
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jess Willard
(Boxer)
Jess Willard
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Birthdate: December 29, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Died: December 15, 1968
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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James J. Corbett
(Boxer)
James J. Corbett
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Birthdate: September 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: February 18, 1933
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Abe Attell
(Boxer)
Abe Attell
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Birthdate: February 22, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: February 7, 1970
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Eugene Bullard
(American Military Pilot Who Played an Important Role During World War I)
Eugene Bullard
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Birthdate: October 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: October 12, 1961

Eugene Bullard was an American military pilot who played an important role during World War I. He was among the few black combat pilots at that time and one of the first African-Americans to become a military pilot in the US, although he flew for France during his career. Eugene Bullard was the recipient of several prestigious honors.

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Barbados Joe Walcott
(Professional Boxer)
Barbados Joe Walcott
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Birthdate: March 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Demerara, Guyana
Died: October 4, 1935
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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John Morrissey
(Politician)
John Morrissey
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Birthdate: February 12, 1831
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Templemore, Ireland
Died: May 1, 1878
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George Dixon
(Canadian Professional Boxer)
George Dixon
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Birthdate: July 29, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: January 6, 1908
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Kid McCoy
(Boxer)
Kid McCoy
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Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Indiana, United States
Died: April 18, 1940
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Terry McGovern
(Boxer)
Terry McGovern
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Birthdate: March 9, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 1918
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Tom Molineaux
(Boxer)
Tom Molineaux
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Birthdate: March 23, 1784
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Died: August 4, 1818
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Andy Bowen
(Boxer)
Andy Bowen
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Birthdate: May 3, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 15, 1894
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Daniel Mendoza
(Former Bare-knuckle boxer)
Daniel Mendoza
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Birthdate: July 5, 1764
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whitechapel, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 3, 1836
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Bill Richmond
(Boxer)
Bill Richmond
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Birthdate: August 5, 1763
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Richmond, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 1829
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Jimmy Barry
(Boxer)
Jimmy Barry
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Birthdate: March 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 4, 1943
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Tom Cribb
(Boxer)
Tom Cribb
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Birthdate: July 8, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: May 11, 1848
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Willard Bean
(Boxer)
Willard Bean
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Birthdate: May 16, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Provo, Utah, United States
Died: September 25, 1949
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Tom Sayers
(Boxer)
Tom Sayers
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Birthdate: May 25, 1826
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: November 8, 1865
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Joe Choynski
(Boxer)
Joe Choynski
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Birthdate: November 8, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 24, 1943
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Eddie Eagan
(Sportsman)
Eddie Eagan
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Birthdate: April 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Died: June 14, 1967
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Jem Mace
(Boxer)
Jem Mace
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Birthdate: April 8, 1831
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beeston, Norfolk, England
Died: November 30, 1910
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Paddy Ryan
(Irish American Boxer, and Became the Bare-Knuckle American Heavyweight Champion)
Paddy Ryan
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Birthdate: March 15, 1851
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland
Died: December 14, 1900
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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William Thompson
(Boxer)
William Thompson
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Birthdate: October 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trinity Walk, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: August 23, 1880
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Marvin Hart
(Boxer)
Marvin Hart
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Birthdate: September 16, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 17, 1931
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Jack Burke
(Boxer)
Jack Burke
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Birthdate: January 1, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 25, 1913
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Benjamin Caunt
(Boxer)
Benjamin Caunt
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Birthdate: March 22, 1815
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hucknall, England
Died: September 10, 1861
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Fireman Jim Flynn
(Boxer)
Fireman Jim Flynn
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Birthdate: December 24, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 12, 1935
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John C. Heenan
(Boxer)
John C. Heenan
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Birthdate: May 2, 1834
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Watervliet, New York, United States
Died: October 28, 1873
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Nonpareil Dempsey
(American Boxer)
Nonpareil Dempsey
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Birthdate: December 15, 1862
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Curran, County Kildare, Ireland
Died: November 2, 1895
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Kid Lavigne
(Boxer)
Kid Lavigne
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Birthdate: December 6, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States
Died: March 9, 1928
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Tommy Ryan
(Boxer)
Tommy Ryan
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Birthdate: March 31, 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redwood, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1948
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Jack Britton
(Boxer)
Jack Britton
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Birthdate: October 14, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clinton, New York, United States
Died: March 27, 1962
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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James Burke
(Boxer)
James Burke
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Birthdate: December 8, 1809
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Giles, England
Died: January 8, 1845
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Jack Bernstein
(Boxer, Screenwriter)
Jack Bernstein
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Birthdate: November 5, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 26, 1945
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John Gully
(British Politician and Boxer)
John Gully
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Birthdate: August 21, 1783
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wick, England
Died: March 9, 1863
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Harry Mallin
(Boxer)
Harry Mallin
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Birthdate: June 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 8, 1969
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Frank Erne
(Boxer)
Frank Erne
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Birthdate: January 8, 1875
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Döttingen, Switzerland
Died: September 17, 1954
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Paul Samson-Körner
(Boxer)
Paul Samson-Körner
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Birthdate: November 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zwickau, German Empire
Died: August 25, 1942