‘The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey’

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series’ August Presentation at The Saratoga Springs History Museum

While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Joh Morrissey sat for this iconic portrait by Matthew Brady. Credit: Library of Congress, Public Domain


WHO: Brien Bouyea, author of “Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey,” communications director at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and noted sports writer and editor with awards including national honors from the Associated Press Sports Editors, New York State Associated Press and New York News Publishers Association.

WHAT: In-person talk on “The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey” at the Canfield Casino. John Morrissey was an undefeated bare-knuckle boxing champion who founded Saratoga Race Course and served two terms in the United States Congress and one in the New York State Senate. A native of Ireland who grew up in Troy, N.Y., he also was a major figure in gambling and constructed the Club House in Saratoga Springs, which later became known as the Canfield Casino and is now home to the Saratoga Springs History Museum. Bouyea has written a popular book on Morrissey and will delve into the fascinating details of this colorful Saratogian’s life.

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 7pm – 8:30pm

WHERE: The Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park,
1 E. Congress Street, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Funding generously provided by the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. 

**This event is free and open to the public.**

Through October 10, the museum is open 7 days a week,10am – 4pm. For more information, please call 518-584-6920 or visit www.saratogahistory.org.

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