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Re: In Search of Jim Hercules
In Response To: In Search of Jim Hercules ()

There is a reference to Jim Hercules in the book 'The Court of the Last Tsar' by Greg King published by Wiley [2006]. He states that Jim was born to "former slaves in the American South in 1867" (page 126). He became a boxer and moved to New York before touring Europe and settling in London. His link to Russia came through a meeting with the Empress Marie Feodorovna (presumably when she was visiting her sister, Princess Alexandra in London), who invited him to the Russian Court. There is a photo of him on page 128.

There is a good description of what Jim Hercules did at the Russian court.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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