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Hyer, Tom (01 January 1819–26 June 1864), boxer and politician, was born Thomas Hyer in New York City, the son of Jacob Hyer, a butcher and boxer, and Johanna (maiden name unknown). Little is known about Hyer’s childhood. Like his father, he was apprenticed as a butcher, but he remained in the trade only a few years. More frequently he worked as a bartender and volunteer fireman....