John Brendan Kelly, Sr.

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John Brendan Kelly, Sr.

Also Known As: "Jack"
Birthplace: Newport, Mayo, Ireland
Death: June 20, 1960 (70)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Kelly and Mary Ann Kelly
Husband of Margaret Katherine Kelly
Father of Margaret Conlan (Kelly); John Brendan Kelly, Jr.; Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Anne LeVine
Brother of Patrick Henry (P. H.) Kelly; Walter Crawford Kelly; Charles V. Kelly; Mary Cruise; George Edward Kelly and 1 other

Occupation: Olympic Oarsman, Democratic City chairman, Bricklayer, Founder of Kelly for Brickwork, Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy
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About John Brendan Kelly, Sr.,_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

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John Brendan Kelly, Sr.'s Timeline

October 4, 1889
Newport, Mayo, Ireland
June 13, 1925
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 35
Kelly for Brickwork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
May 24, 1927
Philadelphia, PA, United States
November 12, 1929
Philadelphia, PA, United States
June 25, 1933
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- 1940
Age 45
Schuylkill Navy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- 1941
Age 47
City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- 1945
Age 51
United States Army, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States