Lt. Jack Kennedy

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Name: Lt. Jack Kennedy
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Residence: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 1948-06-17
Officiating Record: Referee


  • Lt. John F. ("Jack") Kennedy was a popular American boxing referee of the 1920s and 1930s. He was a lieutenant in the United States Navy.
  • His testimony at Jack Dempsey's 1921 San Francisco "slacker" trial helped acquit the World Heavyweight Champion of charges that Dempsey had intentionally avoided serving in the American military during World War One.
  • According to the May 9, 1924 Los Angeles Times, he was the boxing instructor aboard the USS Mississippi
  • Lt. Kennedy is to be distinquished from the American President of the same name and naval rank.
  • The June 18, 1948 Tacoma News Tribune reported that Kennedy, 59, had died June 17 of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was born in Allentown, PA, and came to Los Angeles in 1919. He had spent 37 years in the Navy. He came out of retirement to serve in World War II under Admiral Halsey in the South Pacific, then later commanded the disciplinary barracks at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA, USA.