Gen. John V. Clinnin

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The August 24, 1931 Montreal Herald reported that Gen. John V. Clinnin had been a former boxer himself, a hero in two wars (Spanish-American War and World War I), a former United States Attorney, and a wealthy man. He was fifty-five-years-old at the time. "He held amateur middleweight and light-heavyweight championships in his younger days, refereed scores of army fights while serving in Cuba and overseas. He entered the army in the Great War as a non-commissioned officer and worked himself up to the rank of a Brigadier General. He was wounded by gas and shrapnel in the war and temporarily lost his eye-sight. A fine sportsman he has brought both efficiency and an air of sportsmanship to boxing under his regime."

According to the August 25, 1931 Montreal Star, in his "former years" Clinnin had competed at Long Branch, Toronto, in the International shooting competitions between Canada and the United States as a member of the Palmer Cup team. "He was one of the best shots in the United States, and is a veteran of two wars."

Clinnin was considered a man of impeccable and spotless reputation. In 1930 President Stanley M. Isaacs of the National Boxing Association appointed Clinnin Chairman of a committee to investigate the 16 knockouts in 16 bouts registered by Primo Carnera. On May 14 he would recommend that Carnera and his quartet of managers be indefinitely suspended by the NBA. (The managers were Billy Duffy, Frank Churchill, Leon See, and Walter Friedman.) Concurring in the recommendation were Walter Ligringer of Milwaukee, secretary of the Wisconsin Boxing Commission; and Thomas Donohue, former president of the NBA--the other members of the committee--although "no direct evidence of a 'criminal' conspiracy had been unearthed." Associated Press report (as found in the Daily Olympian, Olympia, WA, USA)