Who was Jack Johnson, the boxer who may be pardoned by Trump?

23 April, 2018, 21:53 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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After more than a century, Is a pardon in the works for the first African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion?

Trump tweets that the actor Sylvester Stallone called him to share Johnson's story. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial", Trump said.

Chastised for his relationships - each of his three wives were white - Johnson was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law which prevented the transport of women across state lines for an "immoral objective".

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While Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) has had a posthumous pardon of Johnson (the boxer died in 1946 in a auto crash) on his to-do list for years, and McCain was actually joined by Sen.

Trump's tweet showcases his presidential power to pardon at a time when several men close to him are facing significant legal troubles. He won the Texas State Middleweight title as a professional athlete, and later he became the World Colored Heavyweight Championship between 1903-1908.

Johnson's victory launched a racially-motivated search for what was called the "great white hope," a white man who could beat Johnson. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) Jack Johnson, right, of the US, world heavyweight title holder since 1908, in action against Jess Willard of the US at Havana, Cuba in 1915.

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"Johnson knocked out Frank Owens... in the last round of a six round bout, and after a few minutes intermission took on a fresh opponent", the newspaper said. Johnson was black, his girlfriend was white. Peter King and Gregory Meeks, petitioned the Obama administration to grant a pardon to Johnson. John McCain, R-Arizona, and former Sen.

Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury but spent seven years as an exiled fugitive in Europe before turning himself in and serving a year in prison. Johnson fled the country but he agreed years to reunite and serve an 10-month prison sentence. In 1999, President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to graduate from West Point in 1877, after being unjustly accused of embezzlement.

McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson "was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago".

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