John Morrissey, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Morrissey

American politician

Date of Birth: 12-Feb-1831

Place of Birth: Templemore, Munster, Ireland

Date of Death: 01-May-1878

Profession: politician, boxer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About John Morrissey

  • John Morrissey (February 12, 1831 – May 1, 1878), also known as Old Smoke, was an Irish-born American, whose parents moved to New York State when he was a young child.
  • In the early 1850s he went to San Francisco at the time of the California Gold Rush.
  • In California he became a bare-knuckle boxer and on his return to New York, he challenged and defeated "Yankee Sullivan", who was then recognized as the American boxing champion.
  • He became a professional gambler, owning gambling houses in New York City in the 1850s and 1860s.
  • He became a U.S.
  • Congressman from New York, between 1867–1871, backed by Tammany Hall.
  • However, he later fell out with the Tammany Hall political machine and became Democratic State Senator for New York between 1876 and 1878, running as an anti-Tammany candidate.

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