Jack Bennett

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Name: Jack Bennett
Born: 1878-04-28
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Hometown: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5′ 5½″   /   166cm
Boxing Record: click

Bennett was born at Middlesborough, England, on April 28, 1878. Bennett's parents, who are both of Irish extraction, came to the United States when Jack was an infant of but a few months. They settled in the iron district near Pittsburg and soon removed to McKeesport, where the elder Bennett, who is a puddler, secured employment in one of the large blast furnaces. Jack's father for many years was a pugilist of sterling ability and has to his credit over a score of victories with the "raw uns," the padded mitts being little used at that period. Young Bennett in his early boyhood was recognized as a sturdy little chap who could take his part against all comers, took naturally to boxing and at the early age of 14 years entered the amateur ranks as a boxer. For nearly four years he held undisputed sway in Western Pennsylvania as the best 120-125-pound boy in that section, and finally about 1896 he came to Philadelphia at the instigation of friends to work at his trade, that of bricklayer, and incidentally to try his fortune as a professional in the ring.

(Extract from The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 31, 1897)