"Captain" James Dalton

BORN   April 26 1854; Cleveland, Ohio (Some sources report April 26 1853; Chicago, Illinois)
HEIGHT 5-9 1/2 (Some sources report 5-10 1/2)
WEIGHT 154-190 lbs (mostly around 170 lbs)
MANAGER Charles E. "Parson" Davies

Dalton was a tugboat captain and a "Waterfront Bruiser" according to some sources; He had fast hands, fast feet and outstanding overall movement; John J. Dwyer, the fighter, said Dalton was one of the most dangerous young men with his hands in America; He fought mostly as a light heavyweight but often tangled with bigger men

During his career, Dalton defeated such men as John Donaldson, Jem Goode, Paddy Ryan and Jack King

       Thomas Kinnard             Milwaukee, Wi                     L   

          -Dalton went to Chicago, Il; He was an expert clog
          dancer and won many prizes; His quick feet and fast
          movement helped him in boxing; He worked on the lakes
          and traveled frequently between Cleveland and Chicago

       John J. Dwyer                                                W   
          -This bout was held shortly before Dwyer
          boxed Jimmy Elliott (on May 9 1879)
Jul  5 Jim Taylor                 Chicago, Il                      EX   

Aug 13 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                      LK  4
          -Some sources report 8/12/81;
          Some sources report 9/14/81;
          Some sources report "Cincinnati, Oh"
Sep  3 John L. Sullivan           Chicago, Il                      EX  4
       Mike Cleary                Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Oct  1 Paddy Ryan                 Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Oct 15 "Chicago" Tommy Chandler   Chicago, Il                      EX   

Feb 25 William Dalton             Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jun 14 John Donaldson             Milwaukee, Wi                    EX  4
Aug 12 John Donaldson             Chicago, Il                      EX   
Oct 14 "Chicago" Tommy Chandler   Chicago, Il                       L  4
Nov 25 Jimmy Elliott              Chicago, Il                      LK   

Feb 17 John Donaldson             Milwaukee, Wi                    EX   
May 14 Tommy Allen                Milwaukee, Wi                     W  4
May 18 John Donaldson             Milwaukee, Wi                     W  3
          -Police intervened
Aug  4 John Donaldson             Minneapolis, Mn                   L  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"

Jan 22 William Sheriff            Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 23 John Driscoll              Chicago, Il                       W  5
Apr 29 John Driscoll              Chicago, Il                      KO  1
May 19 Jem Goode                  Chicago, Il                       W  3
May    Thomas Anderson            Chicago, Il                      LK  1
Dec  6 Thomas Anderson            Chicago, Il                       W  4
Dec  8 Louis Rabshaw              Louisville, Ky                   KO  3

       Paddy Ryan                                                   W   

       Tom Hinch                  Chicago, Il                       D  6
       Tom Hinch                  Chicago, Il                      ND     
          -Police intervened

Feb  2 Jack Burke                 Chicago, Il                       L  5
Feb  6 Mike Cleary                Louisville, Ky                   LK  1
May 15 John Clow                  Chicago, Il                       D  5
Jun 13 Fred Somers                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jun 14 -Dalton seconded Patsy Cardiff vs Billy Wilson near St. Paul, Mn
Jun 29 John Montague              Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jul  3 Frank Brendall             Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known 
       Patsy Cardiff                                                L   
Nov    -Dalton challenged Dominick McCaffrey to a bout
Nov    -Dalton was challenged to a bout by Bill Bradburn

Apr  2 Fitzwilliams               St. Louis, Mo                    KO  2
Jun  1 Pat Killen                 Minneapolis, Mn                  LK  3
          -Some sources report "LK 2";
          Some sources report Killen fought "Captain James C. Dailey"
Jun    Jack King                                                    W  6
Nov    -Dalton opened a saloon in Chicago, Il

Dec 23 Patsy Cardiff              Milwaukee, Wi                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; 
          Cardiff was trying for a fight with Jake
          Kilrain and did not want to risk loss or
Dec 23 Jack Madden                Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  1

Feb  1 Thomas Kinnard             Milwaukee, Wi                     D  2
          -Some sources report "L";
          Police intervened

Feb  1 Link Smith                 Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Feb 15 Henry Baker                Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Jun 21 Bill Bradburn              Chicago, Il                     SCH   
Jun 21 "Chicago" Tommy Chandler   Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled on
          the same date; The outcomes are not known

Jan 17 "Denver" Ed Smith          Chicago, Il                      EX   

*** The Following Bout Is Reported ***

Jan 12 Peter Jackson              Chicago, Il                      LK  3
          -Some sources report "LK 4";
           Jackson fought "John Dalton"
*** Much Data Was Provided By William Schutte ***

*** Much Data Was Provided By Mark Dunn ***

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization