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The Notorious John Morrissey – How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course

James C. Nicholson

Abstract

Through the lens of the colorful life of John Morrissey, this book examines the confluence of gambling, politics, and tourism that contributed to the development of commercialized sports in mid- to late nineteenth-century America. Morrissey rose from abject poverty in Troy, New York, to become a champion bare-knuckle boxer by the age of twenty-two. He capitalized on the fame and notoriety he achieved as a prizefighter, becoming the leading casino operator in New York City before opening a gambling house in Saratoga Springs. There he organized the area’s first Thoroughbred race meet in 1863. In ... More

Keywords: bare-knuckle boxer, champion, boxing, Saratoga Springs, poverty, gambling, Tammany Hall, pugilism, Thoroughbred, casino

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167503
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167503.001.0001

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James C. Nicholson, author

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