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Arthur Pelkey
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1882
Death: Feb. 18, 1921

Heavyweight Boxer 1910-1920

Born Andrew Arthur Peltier, in Chatham (Pain Court), Ontatio, Canada.

Pelkey (Pelky) left home and moved to Chickopee, MA to work in a cotton mill. He started boxing to earn extra cash. Pelkey is most well-known for his bout against Luther McCarty on May 24, 1913 in which McCarty died after a blow in the 1st round. He was tried for manslaughter and acquitted. Up to that bout, Pelkey officially had lost only one fight. He could not recover mentally and his boxing career went downhill.

After his boxing career ended, Pelkey returned to Canada and became a police officer in Ford City, along with being a member of the Ford City Council. He died of sleeping sickness after an illness of five weeks at his home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

A play entitled "WHITE CHAMP" was written and performed about Pelkey's journey from Dover Township to the boxing arenas of Canada and the United States. 
Our Lady of the Lake Cemetery
Essex County
Ontario, Canada
Created by: Tony & Kathleen
Record added: May 01, 2008
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Arthur Pelkey
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