John Morrissey was born in Templemore, Ireland on February 5, 1831. His professional fighting career commenced on August 21, 1852 with an eleven round victory by disqualification over George Thompson. Morrissey claimed to be the Heavyweight Champion of America after that victory. He went on to post wins over Yankee Sullivan and John C. Heenan during a short career which spanned only four fights. He died at age 47 on May 1, 1878. Presented here is a rare ink cut signature of John Morrissey. This ink signature has been signed on blank paper, "John Morrissey NY." Measures 2 1/2" x 5 3/8" in fine condition with no creases, rips, tears or soiling. A fine specimen of an increasingly rare signature.