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The Resource The notorious John Morrissey : how a bare-knuckle brawler became a Congressman and founded Saratoga Race Course, James C. Nicholson

The notorious John Morrissey : how a bare-knuckle brawler became a Congressman and founded Saratoga Race Course, James C. Nicholson

Label
The notorious John Morrissey : how a bare-knuckle brawler became a Congressman and founded Saratoga Race Course
Title
The notorious John Morrissey
Title remainder
how a bare-knuckle brawler became a Congressman and founded Saratoga Race Course
Statement of responsibility
James C. Nicholson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An Irish immigrant, a collection agent for crime bosses, a professional boxer, and a prodigious gambler, John Morrissey was--if nothing else--an unlikely candidate to become one of the most important figures in the history of Thoroughbred racing. As a young man, he worked as a political heavy in New York before going to San Francisco in search of fortune at the height of the Gold Rush. After returning to the East Coast, he was hired by Tammany Hall and was soon locked in a deadly rivalry with William Poole, better known as 'Bill the Butcher.' As time went on, Morrissey parlayed his youthful exploits into a remarkably successful career as a businessman and politician. After establishing a gambling house in Saratoga Springs, the hard-nosed entrepreneur organized the first Thoroughbred race meet at what would become Saratoga Race Course in 1863. Morrissey went on to be elected to two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two terms in the New York State Senate. In The Notorious John Morrissey, James C. Nicholson explores the improbable life of the man who brought Thoroughbred racing back to prominence in the United States. Though few of his contemporaries did more to develop the commercialization of sports in America, Morrissey's colorful background has prevented him from getting the attention he deserves. This entertaining and long-overdue biography finally does justice to his astounding rags-to-riches story while exploring an intriguing chapter in the history of horse racing"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nicholson, James C
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Morrissey, John
  • United States
  • Saratoga Racecourse (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
  • Morrissey, John
  • United States
  • Saratoga Racecourse (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
  • Boxer Rebellion (China : 1899-1901)
  • Legislators
  • Legislators
  • Politicians
  • China
  • Businessmen
  • Horse racing
  • Thoroughbred horse
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Thoroughbred horse
  • Legislators
  • Horse racing
  • Businessmen
  • Politicians
  • United States
  • New York (State)
  • New York (State)
  • China
  • New York (State)
Label
The notorious John Morrissey : how a bare-knuckle brawler became a Congressman and founded Saratoga Race Course, James C. Nicholson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-189) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Wharf rat -- Fighter -- Champion -- Saratoga -- Congressman -- Impresario -- Vindication
Control code
ocn959949075
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (198 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813167824
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1b9vxzh
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)959949075
Label
The notorious John Morrissey : how a bare-knuckle brawler became a Congressman and founded Saratoga Race Course, James C. Nicholson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-189) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Wharf rat -- Fighter -- Champion -- Saratoga -- Congressman -- Impresario -- Vindication
Control code
ocn959949075
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (198 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813167824
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1b9vxzh
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)959949075

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