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Boxing gloves

Boxing gloves
Creator: Schmelzer's Sporting Goods
Date: between 1911 and 1923
Boxing gloves from heavyweight champion Jess Willard. Born in Pottawatomie County in 1881, Willard was crowned world champion in 1915, defeating Jack Johnson in a controversial boxing match. Willard held the title for four years.


Jess Willard

Jess Willard
Date: April 5, 1915
This sepia colored photograph shows Jess Willard, 1881-1968, defeating Jack Johnson, 1878-1946, in Havana, Cuba for the title of heavyweight champion of the world.


Jess Willard

Jess Willard
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This photograph shows Jess Willard,(1888-1968). Willard a native of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, became the world heavyweight boxing champion on April 5, 1915, when he defeated defending champion Jack Johnson in a twenty-six round match in Havana, Cuba. The "Pottawatomie Giant" as Willard was known in the boxing world, had a career of twenty-five wins, but was unable to defend his title to challenger Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. After the loss, Willard's boxing career came to a close and he pursued a new profession in movies and vaudeville shows. On December 15, 1968, Willard passed away at the age of eighty-six in Los Angeles, California.


Jess Willard

Jess Willard
Date: Between 1910s and 1920s
This black and white photograph shows Jess Willard (1888-1968). Willard a native of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, became the world heavyweight boxing champion on April 5, 1915, when he defeated defending champion Jack Johnson in a twenty-six round match in Havana, Cuba. The "Pottawatomie Giant" as Willard was called, had a career of twenty-five wins but was unable to defend his title to challenger Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. After the loss, Willard's boxing career came to a close and he pursued a new profession in movies and vaudeville shows. On December 15, 1968, Willard died at the age of 86 in Los Angeles, California.


Jess Willard

Jess Willard
Date: Between 1915 and 1919
This photograph shows Jess Willard before a boxing match. Willard, a native of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, became the world heavyweight boxing champion on April 5, 1915, when he defeated defending champion Jack Johnson in a twenty-six round match in Havana, Cuba. The "Pottawatomie Giant" as Willard was known in the boxing world, had a career of twenty-five wins, but was unable to defend his title to challenger Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. After the loss, Willard's boxing career came to a close and he pursued a new profession in movies and vaudeville shows. On December 15, 1968, Willard passed away at the age of eighty-six in Los Angeles, California.


Jess Willard

Jess Willard
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This photograph shows Jess Willard standing with a group of men. Willard, a native of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, became the world heavyweight boxing champion on April 5, 1915, when he defeated defending champion Jack Johnson in a twenty-six round match in Havana, Cuba. The "Pottawatomie Giant" as Willard was known in the boxing world, had a career of twenty-five wins, but was unable to defend his title to challenger Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. After the loss, Willard's boxing career came to a close and he pursued a new profession in movies and vaudeville shows. On December 15, 1968, Willard passed away at the age of eighty-six in Los Angeles, California.


Jess Willard's boxing shorts

Jess Willard's boxing shorts
Date: between 1911 and 1923
Heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard wore these silk shorts between 1911 and 1923. Born in Pottawatomi County, Kansas in 1881, Willard was crowned world champion in 1915, defeating Jack Johnson in a controversial boxing match. Willard held the title for four years.


Jess Willard's saddle

Jess Willard's saddle
Creator: Victor Marden
Date: between 1915 and 1925
Jess Willard was born in Pottawatomi County, Kansas, and was world heavyweight boxing champion from 1915 to 1919. He used this item while he performed in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.


Jess Willard with his trainers

Jess Willard with his trainers
Date: Between 1908 and 1920
Jess Willard was born December 29, 1881, at St. Clere, Kansas. He was a horse-trader and livery stable operator at Delia and Emmett before becoming a heavyweight boxer. Many of Rossville, Kansas, area people followed the career of Jess Willard. A group of local enthusiasts went to Havana, Cuba, in 1915 to watch his fight with Jack Johnson. Willard knocked him out in the 26th round to win the championship on April 5 when the temperature was 115. Pictured standing behind Jess Willard are his first two trainers on the left, Bob Willard (Jess's brother), and Fred Stalker (Jess's and Bob's step-brother) on the right. Jess died December 15, 1968, and is buried in Los Angeles, California. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Willard, Jess

Willard, Jess
Date: 1919
A portrait of Jess Willard, (1888-1968), native of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, who became the world heavyweight boxing champion, on April 5, 1915, when he defeated defending champion Jack Johnson in a twenty-six round match in Havana, Cuba. The "Pottawatomie Giant" as Willard was know in the boxing world, had a career of twenty-five wins but was unable to defend his title to challenger Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. After the lost, Willard's boxing career came to a close and he pursued a new profession in movies and vaudeville shows. On December 15, 1968, Willard passed away at the age of eighty-six in Los Angeles, California.


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