Sam Muchnick was the backbone of the National Wrestling Alliance and Colonel Harry J.
Landry was the backbone of the National Wrestling Association. Landry, from the
Association's growth out of the National Boxing Association in 1930, was the figurehead
and voice behind just about every major decision the NWA made over the course of the
next 10-15 years.
Born on August 25, 1894 and raised in New Orleans, Harry Joseph Landry was a boxer
himself at the Southern Athletic Club and the Orleans Athletic Club, later admitting that
he "wasn't a great fighter." He saw Farmer Burns and Frank Gotch work out at the
Southern A.C., and became interested in the wrestling business. When Mississippi
Governor Bilbo decided to pass a bill legalizing boxing and wrestling in the state, he
wanted someone to oversee the latter sport, and Landry was picked to do so.
Landry was the major of Friars Point, Mississippi, his base of operations, and the
president of a bank. He also owned an insurance company and was wed to Shirley
In September 1938, Landry was re-elected treasurer of the National Boxing Association.
The members of the National Boxing Association, in September 1947 at Montreal, named
Landry president of the NBA for "three minutes," honoring his lengthy service in the
organization. For that time, he was president of both the NBA and the NWA
simultaneously. Landry thanked the delegates, then resigned. Abe Green was then
reelected as NBA President.
Landry's birth year has ranged from 1891 to 1896. His parents were said to be Frederick
J. and Frances Leitsch Landry.
Research by Tim Hornbaker
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