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    1888 N332 S.F. Hess Yankee Sullivan SGC 40 VG 3. There is no photograph of James "Yankee" Sullivan because he died in 1856, when chemical photography was still in its infancy. A bare knuckle fighter, Sullivan claimed to be a champion from 1851 to 1853 but only by the retirement of an opponent. To the best of any research, Sullivan was born in Ireland in 1811 and came to the USA in the early 1840's settling in New York. His fighting skills led him to prize fighting and as a "political enforcer." During his days in New York, he promoted fights and opened the "Sawdust House" saloon. Moving to California, Sullivan was a trouble maker with a criminal record. His death would come while in a jail cell at the headquarters of a citizens vigilante group, quite possibly by his own hand although some feel he was murdered. It is said while awaiting trial and possibly facing death by hanging, he became so upset he cut his wrists, bleeding to death. Some feel he was murdered by the San Francisco Vigilante Committee and his grave stone states as much. The fact that he was allowed to be buried in a Catholic Cemetery also adds to that possibility. The offered card does have two short surface wrinkles while offering sharp corners and clean surfaces. The illustration of Sullivan is faint but fully legible.

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