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Dempsey, Jacklocked

(24 June 1895–31 May 1983)
  • Luckett V. Davis


Dempsey, Jack (24 June 1895–31 May 1983), world heavyweight boxing champion, was born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado, the son of Hyrum Dempsey, a rancher and sharecropper, and Mary Celia Smoot. His parents had come to Colorado from West Virginia. The family was poor, and Hyrum Dempsey and his sons worked at a variety of jobs, none of long duration. Jack (who was actually called “Harry” by his family; his working name was derived from the nineteenth-century boxer ...

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