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"Professor" Charles Hadley

BORN   September 10 1846; Nashville, Tennessee (Some sources report September 30 1846)
DIED June 28 1897; Spokane, Washington
HEIGHT 5-9 (Some sources report 5-10 1/2)
WEIGHT 160-174 lbs

Hadley won several bouts with bare-knuckles and was a clever fighter with gloves; He met all-comers at Harry Hill's in New York for two years and was unbeaten

1869
Oct 14 Ed Harricks                 Bridgeport, Ct                  KO 29
1879
May 18 J.H. Brown                  Waterbury, Ct                   KO 63
       George Godfrey              New York, NY                     D  6
          -Some sources report 1882

1881
Jan 14 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     W  3
May 17 Professor Anderson          Bridgeport, Ct                  KO 18
Jun  3 J.H. Brown                  Bridgeport, Ct                  KO  3
Dec    Morris Grant                New York, NY                     W  3

1882
Jan 13 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     D  4
          -Some sources report "D 3" on 01/12/1882; Some report "W 1"
Jan 18 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     D  4
          -Some sources report "W 1"
Jan 26 George Godfrey              New York, NY                     D  4
Mar  9 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     D  4
Mar    Tom Sweeney                 Birmingham, Ct                  EX   
Mar 27 Ed McCarthy                 New York, NY                    EX   
Mar 28 George Cooley               Jersey City, NJ                 EX   
Apr  6 Morris Grant                New York, NY                    KO  2
Apr 26 Morris Grant                New York, NY                    KO  2
May  4 Morris Grant                New York, NY                    ND  4
Jun 20 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     L  4
Jul 26 Frank Johnson               New York, NY                     W  4
Aug 21 Emmett Brennan              Bridgeport, Ct                  EX   
Nov  7 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     W   
Dec  7 Morris Grant                New York, NY                    TK  3
          -Fox Colored Heavyweight Championship
Dec    Morris Grant                New York, NY                    KO  1

1883
Jan 10 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) New York, NY                  KO  2
          -Perhaps, this is the same as the 01/25/1883 bout
Jan 18 George Godfrey              New York, NY                     D  6
Jan 25 James Woodside              New York, NY                    TK  3
          -Colored Championship of America;
           Perhaps, this is the same as the 01/10/1883 bout
Feb  7 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) New York, NY                   L  3
Feb 22 George Godfrey              Boston, Ma                      LT  6
          -Godfrey claimed the Colored Heavyweight Championship
           of the World; John L. Sullivan was the referee; 
           Some sources report "L 6" on 02/23/1883
Apr 20 Billy Wilson                Boston, Ma                      EX  4
       Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) New York, NY                   W   
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           Some sources report "L"
May 18 C.A.C. Smith                Boston, Ma                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  5 Carroll                     London, Ont, Can                EX   
Dec  8 Morris Grant                New York, NY                     W   
Dec    C.A.C. Smith                East Saginaw, Mi                EX   
          -Some sources report "ND 4"

1884
Feb  2 C.A.C. Smith                East Saginaw, Mi                LF  2
Mar 10 -Hadley seconded C.A.C. Smith vs Mervine Thompson in Clevleand, Oh
Mar 14 Jack Keefe                  Cleveland, Oh                    W  5
Jun 30 Pete McCoy                  New York, NY                    EX   
Nov  2 -Hadley refereed the John Kelly vs W.H. Johnson bout near Milwaukee, Wi
Dec 23 Billy Wilson                Winnipeg, Man, Canada           LK  4

1885
Mar 21 Billy Wilson                St. Paul, Mn                    LK  3
May 30 Billy Wilson                White Bear Lake, Mn              L  4
Jun 10 -Hadley was scheduled to appear in Eau Claire, Wi
Jul 19 Mervine Thompson            near St. Paul, Mn               WF  6

1886
Mar  6 Peter Follett               St. Paul, Mn                    TK  3
Apr  1 Barney Smith                Duluth, Mn                       L  4
May 15 Patsy Mellen                Minneapolis, Mn                  L  5
Jun  4 Ed Moehler                  Waseca, Mn                      KO  5
Dec  2 Black Frank (Frank Taylor)  St. Paul, Mn                     L  5
Dec 31 Black Frank (Frank Taylor)  Minneapolis, Mn                  D 15

1887
Jan 14 Black Frank (Frank Taylor)  St. Paul, Mn                    LK 10
Feb  7 Black Pearl (Harris Martin) St. Paul, Mn                    EX  3
Feb 25 Black Frank (Frank Taylor)  Minneapolis, Mn                  W 11
Mar 25 Black Pearl (Harris Martin) Minneapolis, Mn                  L  8
Apr 11 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) St. Paul, Mn                   L 10
Apr 15 Black Pearl (Harris Martin) St. Paul, Mn                    ND  8
          -Black Pearl lasted and claimed a win; Some sources report "L 8"

1888
Feb    the "Strong Boy"            Donaldson, La                   KO  3
Aug 10 Black Pearl (Harris Martin) Minneapolis, Mn                  D  8
Aug 31 Charles Gleason             Minneapolis, Mn                 LK  1

1890
May 29 Dave Campbell               Spokane Falls, Wa                L  4

1891
Jan  4 Jack Senrab                 Spokane, Wa                      L  4
Feb 17 Billy James                 Amesbury, Ma                    EX  4
       Tom Cleary                  Albany, NY                       D   
       Tom Cleary                  Amsterdam, NY                   ND   
          -Police intervened

*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1886
Aug 31 Black Frank (Frank Taylor)  St. Paul, Mn                    EX  3

*** Assistance Was Provided By Christopher Shelton ***

*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***

*** Some Data Was Provided By Kevin Smith ***

*** Some Data Was Provided By Jake Wegner ***

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June 10, 2020 ... Jake Wegner <jakewegnermagidglove@gmail.com> wrote:

I was able to locate the exact burial spot of Professor Charles Hadley in Fairmount Cemetery in Spokane, Washington. I'd love to get him a stone or marker of some sort. Thinking of buying one also for Oscar Gardner in Minneapolis. See note below from Fairmount Cemetery and attached picture they sent, which was nice of them to literally mark off with blue flags the exact spot he is located.

Thank you for the story behind Mr. Charles Hadley, very interesting. I did locate him at Fairmount Memorial Park. He is buried in space #101 Lot O Lawn 15. I asked grounds to take a picture of his grave but unfortunately, there is no marker. Please see the attached Picture. My grounds crew put blue flags around the site for you to see.