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Date of Birth 15 October 1858Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 2 February 1918Abingdon, Massachusetts, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameJohn Lawrence Sullivan
Nicknames The Great John L.
The Boston Strong Boy

Mini Bio (1)

John L. Sullivan was born on October 15, 1858 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA as John Lawrence Sullivan. He was married to Katherine Harkins and Annie Bates. He died on February 2, 1918 in Abingdon, Massachusetts.

Spouse (2)

Katherine Harkins (7 February 1910 - 25 May 1916) (her death)
Annie Bates (1 May 1883 - 1908) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (4)

Lived openly with burlesque queen Ann Livingston after separating from his first wife in 1885. His second wife was his childhood sweetheart.
First heavyweight champion of gloved boxing from 1882 to 1892. Career record: 38-1. Inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Uncle of Billy Sullivan.
Managed by Billy Madden.

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