Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Negro Who Thumped Czolgosz”
City of publication: New York, New York
Date of publication: 8 September 1901
Volume number: 69
Issue number: 8
|“Negro Who Thumped Czolgosz.” Sun 8 Sept. 1901 v69n8: p. 3.|
|James B. Parker.|
|Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; James B. Parker.|
Negro Who Thumped Czolgosz
Belongs in This City, and His Race Is Very Proud of Him.
James Parker, the negro who grappled with President
McKinley’s assailant a moment after the shooting, lives in this city. He is
a strapping big mulatto whose face and immense frame are familiar to thousands
of New Yorkers. He is several inches over 6 feet in height. For several years
he has been a sort of a guidepost in Fourteenth street, between Fifth and Sixth
He is so big and looked so imposing in a uniform that his services were in demand as a carriage announcer. For several years he was employed by a drygoods store in Fourteenth street. Then he went to work for a dentist on the same block.
When the Pan-American Exposition opened Parker told his friends he was going to Buffalo. He hasn’t been here since, and according to the Buffalo despatches [sic] he is working in that city as a waiter. He lives when in this city at a Raines law hotel at 4150 Sixth avenue. The people of his own race all know him and he was much discussed among them last night.
“I bet Jim soaked that fellow good,” said one colored man who was telling of Parker’s virtues. “He hits a powerful blow.”
The despatches [sic] say that Parker broke the nose of the President’s assailant, and when the Secret Service men surrounded Czolgosz that Parker begged to be allowed to get at him for a minute longer.