The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler by James C. Nicholson

By James C. Nicholson

An Irish immigrant, a suite agent for crime bosses, a qualified boxer, and a prodigious gambler, John Morrissey was once -- if not anything else -- an not likely candidate to turn into probably the most vital figures within the background of Thoroughbred racing. As a tender guy, he labored as a political heavy in manhattan earlier than going to San Francisco looking for fortune on the top of the Gold Rush. After returning to the east coast, he was once employed by means of Tammany corridor and used to be quickly locked in a perilous contention with William Poole, larger often called "Bill the Butcher."

As time went on, Morrissey parlayed his younger exploits right into a remarkably winning occupation as a businessman and flesh presser. After developing a playing condominium in Saratoga Springs, the hard-nosed entrepreneur prepared the 1st Thoroughbred race meet at what could turn into Saratoga Race path in 1863. Morrissey went directly to be elected to 2 phrases within the U.S. apartment of Representatives and phrases within the manhattan nation Senate.

In The infamous John Morrissey, James C. Nicholson explores the unbelievable lifetime of the fellow who introduced Thoroughbred racing again to prominence within the usa. notwithstanding few of his contemporaries did extra to boost the commercialization of activities in the USA, Morrissey's colourful heritage has avoided him from getting the eye he merits. This wonderful and long-overdue biography eventually does justice to his impressive rags-to-riches tale whereas exploring an interesting bankruptcy within the historical past of horse racing.

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