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On the Hudson River at Poughkeepsie, New York, Joshua Ward regains his title as "Champion Sculler of America"

Joshua Ward, Champion Sculler of America, 1863, artist's impression
07/24/1863
Josh Ward, one of four famous rowing sons of a Cornwall, New York hotel keeper, regained his national professionial sculling title in a five mile race on the Hudson at Poughkeepsie, New York against James Hamill of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The twenty-five year old Ward had been the champion since 1863 but Hamill had unexpectedly beaten him in Philadelphia the previous September. Ward easily won the rematch by ten lengths.  Each competitor received $500. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Gerald Gems, Linda Borish, Gertrud Pfister, Sports in American History - From Colonization to Globalization (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2008), 112.

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