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date: 20 August 2019

Willard, Jesslocked

(29 December 1881–15 December 1968)
  • Luckett V. Davis


Willard, Jess (29 December 1881–15 December 1968), world heavyweight boxing champion, the son of Myron Willard and Margaret Willard (maiden surname unknown), was born in St. Clere, Pottawatomie County, Kansas. His father, a Civil War veteran, died before he was born, and his mother was remarried in 1891 to Elisha Stalker. Willard grew up on Stalker's ranch and received only a few years of schooling. Developing to unusual size, approximately six feet six inches and 225 pounds, he was employed during his teenage and young adult years as a breaker and trainer of horses; he also worked in a livery stable and ran a wagon train. In 1908 he married Harriet “Hattie” Evans, whom he had known since childhood....

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