John Brendan Kelly, Sr.
|Also Known As:||"Jack"|
|Birthplace:||Newport, Mayo, Ireland|
|Death:||Died in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Place of Burial:||Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
Son of John Henry Kelly and Mary Kelly
|Occupation:||Olympic Oarsman, Democratic City chairman, Bricklayer, Founder of Kelly for Brickwork, Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy|
|Managed by:||Private User|
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About John B. Kelly, Sr.
"John Brendan Kelly, Sr., also known as Jack Kelly, (October 4, 1889, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – June 20, 1960) was one of the most American accomplished oarsmen in the history of the sport of rowing. He was a triple Olympic Gold Medal winner, the first to do so in the sport of rowing. He won 126 straight races in the single scull (1x). He was the father of Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco (thus grandfather of Albert II, Prince of Monaco), and of John B. Kelly, Jr., an accomplished oarsman in his own right.
At the time he won his races, rowing was at the height of its popularity. Kelly's exploits were well covered in newsprint. In many ways, he was a figure comparable to Babe Ruth or Jack Dempsey."
Olympic rower, gold medalist