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Madden, John Edwardlocked

(28 December 1856–03 November 1929)
  • Steven P. Savage


Madden, John Edward (28 December 1856–03 November 1929), racehorse breeder and trainer, was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Irish immigrants Patrick Madden, a zinc worker, and Catherine McKee. Patrick Madden died when John was four years old, leaving his wife and three children to support themselves. Working in the steel mills as a boy, Madden developed great strength and endurance; he became an outstanding athlete and captained the Bethlehem East End baseball team. As a teenager, he began earning a living on the midwestern county fair circuit, running footraces, boxing, and driving in harness horse races....

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