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Wharf Rat

James C. Nicholson

in The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167503
eISBN:
9780813167824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167503.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1831, John Morrissey came to America as a young child with his family, eventually settling in Troy, New York. He received very little schooling and worked a ... More


Champion

James C. Nicholson

in The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167503
eISBN:
9780813167824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167503.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

In 1858 Morrissey returned to the prize ring after a five-year absence during which he expanded his casino interests, married Susannah Smith of Troy, New York, and welcomed a son, John Jr., to the ... More


Vindication

James C. Nicholson

in The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780813167503
eISBN:
9780813167824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167503.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

After the fall of the Tweed Ring, Morrissey became a major power broker within Tammany Hall along with “Honest” John Kelly. Eventually a rift between the two developed, and Morrissey was twice ... More


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