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 James “Yankee” Sullivan

James “Yankee” Sullivan

Birth
Bandon, County Cork, Ireland
Death 31 May 1856 (aged 45)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Memorial ID 7721618 · View Source
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Professional Boxer. Born as Francis Murray, James "Yankee" Sullivan would quickly earn a name for himself in the prize fighting and boxing world. In 1841, Sullivan left Europe to begin fighting in the United States. In 1851, Sullivan claimed the Heavyweight Championship of America from his rival, Tom Hyer, who was retiring and in 1853, would defend the title against John Morrissey, who later became a Congressman from New York. Sullivan ultimately lost the match after deciding to leave the ring and was counted out. On May 20, 1856, Sullivan was arrested by the San Francisco Vigilance Committee for ballot-box frauds and fearing the consequences, he committed suicide in his prison cell eleven days later.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: James Seidelman
  • Added: 29 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7721618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Yankee” Sullivan (10 Mar 1811–31 May 1856), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7721618, citing Mission Dolores Cemetery, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .