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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey

William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey

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  • Name William Harrison Dempsey 
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 24 Jun 1895  Manassa, Conejos, Colorado, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Initiatory (LDS) Completed 
    _FSFTID KWCW-FRC 
    _UID 2CB8E037827F84479DCD24DE23E65C2BC399 
    Died 31 May 1983  New York City, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Southampton Cemetery, Suffolk, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I97887  mytree
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2016 

    Father Hyrum Dempsey,   b. 4 May 1857, Logan, Logan, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1948, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Mary Cecilia Smoot,   b. 12 Jul 1859, Logan, Logan, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1946, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1879  Lenore, Mingo, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _STAT MARRIED 
    _UID 95EBDB5356DAFB448787815978B92B73D45E 
    Family ID F30236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Maxine Gates,   b. Abt 1877 
    Married 9 Oct 1916  Wala Wala, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Divorced 2 Apr 1919 
    _UID E0627144793E2948A7CC79E6B8C7F742A95D 
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F30239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ida Estelle Taylor,   b. 20 May 1894, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1958, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 7 Feb 1925 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Divorced 1930 
    _UID 0F5EBFB9094AC440988ABB7F482D70EB68A0 
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F30240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Hannah Annette Williams,   b. 16 Jul 1911, Taylor, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1973, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1933 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Divorced 7 Jul 1943 
    _UID 5379F69DA7097E44BD8C33BB6E3E7B1D4C55 
    Children 
     1. Joan Hannah Dempsey,   b. 4 Aug 1934, New York City, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1994, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Barbara Judith Dempsey,   b. 28 Aug 1936, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1993, Douglas, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F30241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Deanna Rudin Piatelli,   b. 30 Jun 1911,   d. 23 Jan 2003, New York City, New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1958 
    _STAT MARRIED 
    _UID C1E35A4A0D6E8E49A2F9693A1694EFE051C7 
    Children 
     1. Barbara Piatelli Dempsey  [Adopted]
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F30242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Jun 1895 - Manassa, Conejos, Colorado, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Oct 1916 - Wala Wala, Washington, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 May 1983 - New York City, New York, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Southampton Cemetery, Suffolk, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Dempsey, William H b1895 - Williams, Hannah A b1911 - Portrait
    Dempsey, William H b1895 - Williams, Hannah A b1911 - Portrait
    "Jack" Dempsey and 3rd Wife Hannah Williams
    Dempsey, Willian H b1895 - Portrait
    Dempsey, Willian H b1895 - Portrait
    "Jack" Dempsey
    Dempsey, Willian H b1895 - Portrait-2
    Dempsey, Willian H b1895 - Portrait-2
    "Jack" Dempsey
    Dempsey, Willian H b1895 - Taylor, Ida E b1894 - Portrait
    Dempsey, Willian H b1895 - Taylor, Ida E b1894 - Portrait
    "Jack" Dempsey and 2nd Wife Stella Taylor

    Documents
    Dempsey, William H b1895 - Death Certificate
    Dempsey, William H b1895 - Death Certificate
    "Jack" Dempsey

    Headstones
    Dempsey, William H b1895
    Dempsey, William H b1895
    "Jack" Dempsey

  • Notes 
    • Professional Boxer. Nicknamed "The Manassa Mauler", he was Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1919 to 1926. The legendary Dempsey was born in Manassa, Colorado, one of 11 children. At 16 he left home and traveled on freight trains and fought to earn money. Then Dempsey met manager Jack 'Doc' Kearns and started knocking out legitimate contenders like Fireman Jim Flynn, Fred Fulton, former Light Heavyweight Champion Battling Levinsky and Gunboat Smith. On July 4, 1919, Dempsey met Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard on a sweltering day in Toledo, Ohio. Bobbing and weaving, Dempsey closed the gap on the much taller Willard and knocked him down 7 times in the first round. The carnage continued for 2 more rounds until the fight was halted because Willard couldnt answer the bell for the fourth round. As Champion he fought Billy Miske, Bill Brennan, Georges Carpentier, Tommy Gibbons and Louis Firpo. He was inactive in 1924 and 1925, and in 1926 he took on Gene Tunney. A classic matchup of the boxer versus puncher, Tunney, a former Marine, moved side to side and threw combinations which befuddled Dempsey and he lost the title on a 15 round decision. In September of 1927, Dempsey got a rematch with Tunney at Chicago's Soldier Field. Tunney was outboxing Dempsey once again but got dropped in the seventh round. In one of boxings most controversial moments, Dempsey instinctively hovered over Tunney waiting to hit him as soon as he rose. But a new rule had been adopted that if a fighter scores a knockdown he must go to a neutral corner. The referee spent several seconds ushering Dempsey to a neutral corner, then started the count. It was estimated that Tunney was down for 14 seconds before he rose. Tunney went on to win the fight by decision, and the 'long count' became boxing lore. Dempsey retired after the Tunney fight with a record of 60-6-8 with 50 ko's, and his popularity became huge for he was considered the peoples Champion because of the long count. He opened a restaurant on Broadway in New York City and it quickly became one of the citys most popular spots. Dempsey himself was often in the restaurant to greet guests, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. The restaurant closed in 1974 after a 39 year run, and Dempsey passed away in 1983. In 1990, 7 years after his death, Dempsey was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.