Back to top

Teenage son of a famous newspaper magnate brawls with African-American hotel staff in Niagara Falls

James Gordon Bennett, Jr., detail
In the early hours of the morning, the nineteen-year old son of the famous proprietor of the New York Herald, James Gordon Bennett, together with several of his friends, were involved in an altercation with members of the African-American night staff of the International Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York.  The wealthy young New Yorkers, who had been drinking, ended up in a mass brawl on the international bridge.  No serious injuries were reported but the press had a field day.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The Affray at Niagara Falls,"  New York Times, August 31, 1860.