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Pilkington, Jameslocked

(04 January 1851–25 April 1929)
  • John Lucas


Pilkington, James (04 January 1851–25 April 1929), athlete and sport administrator, was born in Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont, the son of Thomas Pilkington and Ann Cusack, farmers. Tall and especially mature for his age, Pilkington dropped out of high school and on 5 June 1863 joined the Union army as a bugler in the Twenty-fourth Independent Battery of Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery. After the war the 6′ 2″, athletically inclined Pilkington joined the New York City police force and immediately became a champion amateur boxer, wrestler, and club rower. In 1877 he married Constance Burke; they had one child. As a member of the Broadway Police Squad, Pilkington helped found the Police Athletic and Empire Athletic associations. On 11 March 1882 the old Madison Square Garden hosted the national amateur heavyweight boxing and wrestling championships, with Pilkington winning both events....

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