James J. Walker was known as the "father of boxing in New York.  He served as New York
City Mayor for seven years.  He was instrumental in the "adoption of a comprehensive
system of subway routes," according to his obituary in the New York Times (11/19/46).

Walker passed away on the evening of Monday, November 18, 1946 at 65 years of age.

Research by Tim Hornbaker
James J. Walker Boxing History