Tom Jenkins (catch wrestler)
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|Alias(es)||"Rough Tom" Jenkins|
3 August 1872
Bedford, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
|Died||19 June 1957 (84)|
Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
|Burial||United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange Co., New York|
|Known for||Catch-as-catch-can wrestling championships|
|Spouse(s)||Anne Lavinia Gray (m. 1898)|
Tom Jenkins (August 3, 1872 - June 19, 1957) was an American catch-as-catch-can wrestler, actively working from the 1890s into the early twentieth century, after which he took up an appointment as an instructor of wrestling and boxing at the United States Military Academy at West Point (1906-1942) and at the New York Military Academy at Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York (1912-1943). Jenkins was notably a three-time winner of what began as the World Catch-as-Catch-Can Heavyweight Title before being renamed the American Heavyweight Championship.
- Jenkins appeared in Bernarr Macfadden's Physical Culture to help illustrate an article, performing several wrestling holds on Clarence Boudin: Macfadden, Bernarr (March 1903), "Science of Wrestling", Physical Culture 9 (3): 169-171, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951000756771p&view=1up&seq=293
- As champion in 1905, Jenkins appeared in an endorsement advert for Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey, being quoted as saying "I have, as every one knows, been champion heavy-weight wrestler and all-around athlete for years, and I must say that during all that time the only invigorator or medicine I used was Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey."
- "America's Champion Heavy-Weight Wrestler - Tom Jenks, for Years the Unconquered Heavy-Weight Wrestler of America, States that Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey Was the Only Medicine He Used During the Time He Held the Championship.", Spokane Press (Spokane, WA): 4, 12 Dec. 1905, https://hatch.kookscience.com/wiki/File:Duffy%27s_Malt_Whiskey_-_Endorsement_of_Tom_Jenkins.jpg