Jack “Gentleman” Claybourne: Professional Wrestler

0 Posted by - September 21, 2018 - Black History, List-Worthy

Jack Claybourne often referred to as “Gentleman” Jack Claybourne was a professional wrestler who had successful stints in England, Canada, Australia, Hawaii, and the United States.

Claybourne was born on March 8, 1910, in Mexico, Missouri. Not much is known about his early childhood.

Claybourne won the Kentucky Negro Wrestling Championship from Hallie Samara in Louisville, KY. The following year he lost the title to King Kong Clayton. Jack Claybourne won the Negro World Heavyweight and the Light Heavyweight Wrestling Titles in the United States. On January 7, 1960, Claybourne committed suicide in Los Angeles, California.

 

sources:

nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/1266

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