DAN McCONNELL was born in Pennsylvania around 1873. He married around 1891. His wife Teresa bore at least four children, Daniel P. McConnell, May, Bertha, and Henry F. "Harry" McConnell. Henry, the youngest, was born in Camden around 1900. The older children were born in Philadelphia, the youngest of the three, Bertha, coming around 1897.

Soon afterwards, Daniel McConnell brought his family to Camden, and by the time the 1897 Camden City Directory was published, the McConnells were living at 211 Milton Street in the Poet's Row section of North Camden. He worked a variety of jobs, the 1897 directory lists him as a printer, the 1898 directory as a "bag cutter". 

The 1901 Camden City Directory shows that Daniel D. McConnell had moved his family to 125 Main Street, also in North Camden, not far from the Vine Street Ferry, where he operated a restaurant specializing in oysters, which were plentiful in Delaware Bay in those times. 

Dan McConnell was in his day on of the best South Jersey boxers. He was managed and promoted by Camden businessman Oscar Adams Eastlack. Dan McConnell is 

known to have had at least 69 professional fights in Philadelphia, Camden, Baltimore, and elsewhere from 1896 to 1902. To date his documented record is 41 wins, 21 losses, 7 draws, a 9 fights where the outcome is not presently known.

Local newspaper reports from 1909 mention Dan McConnell as being a formerly top rated South Jersey lightweight boxer who was training for a comeback. Daniel D. McConnell would have been in his mid to late 30s, which makes this a possibility.  

Dan McConnell's end is a bit of a mystery. The Camden Daily Courier reported in March of 1914 that he had sold the business on Main Street, and was planning to move to Angelsea, in Cape May County, New Jersey where he planned to work as a fisherman. Whether he made the move or passed away prior to completing it is unknown. His widow and children remained in Camden. Oldest son, Daniel P. McConnell, went on to become quite well known as a journalist with the Camden Post-Telegram and later with the Camden Courier-Post. Youngest son Harry McConnell worked as a projectionist in Camden movie theaters for several years before moving to Philadelphia. Bertha McConnell married and moved to Philadelphia, where she lived out her years, by 1940 both Harry and Teresa McConnell were living with her. May McConnell married Russell T. Lodge, they appear to have parted ways by 1940.

Dan McConnell
Sex Male
Nationality US American
Hometown Philadelphia PA, later Camden NJ
Division Welterweight
  W 2 (0 ko's) (+ 2 news)  |  L 11 (+ 9 news)  |  D 2 (+ 3 news)  |  Total 25  

This record may be incomplete and/or inaccurate
dateLbopponentLbwld location
1902-10-23Isadore Strauss20-20-11  Lancaster, PA, USALTKO46
1902-04-09Bobby Thompson11-7-8  Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, PA, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
 1902-02-24 Joe Grim     Philadelphia, PA, USA    
1901-10-04Joe Gans77-5-10  Baltimore, MD, USALKO38
1901-03-12Bobby Thompson9-4-3  Toronto, ON, CanadaDPTS2020
1901-02-16Bobby Thompson9-4-2  Toronto, ON, CanadaDPTS2020
 1900-11-17 Jim Burke     Philadelphia, PA, USA    
1900-10-27Bobby Thompson8-4-0  Central A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1900-06-25Tommy Cleary28-10-16  Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALTKO56
1900-05-19 Kid Krause        
1900-04-10Matty Matthews36-5-14  Niles A.C., Youngstown, OH, USALKO30
One of two bouts Matthews had on the same day. National Police Gazette, April 28, 1900.
1900-04-09Matty Matthews34-5-14
Niles, OH, USALKO30
Matthews fought McConnell and Payne on the same day.
 1899-12-21 Charles Norton    Globe Theater
Philadelphia PA
 1899-12-18 Dan Danvers    Globe Theater
Philadelphia PA
1899-12-01Charley Hitte7-1-1  Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision provided by Philadelphia Item.
 1899-11-27 John Blackson    Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USA    
 1899-10-30 Tommy Edwards    Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USA    
1899-11-13Spike Sullivan28-1-5  Trenton, NJ, USALTKO520
1899-10-13Isadore Strauss16-14-7  Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1899-09-30Tommy Cleary23-6-12  Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1899-09-26Charley Hitte5-1-1  Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1899-09-25Isadore Strauss16-13-7  Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1899-06-26Tommy Cleary21-6-10  Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
 1899-04-22 Howard Wilson    Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USA    
 1899-03-11 Howard Wilson    Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USA    
1898-03-07Young Mahoney2-0-0  Athens, PA, USALTKO110
1898-01-31Matty Matthews12-1-6  Trenton A.C., Trenton, NJ, USAWDQ70
1898-01-29Kid Murphy0-1-2  Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USAWNWS66
Trenton Evening Times
1897-12-13Tommy Cleary8-1-4  Olympic A.C., Athens, PA, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1897-12-07Martin Flaherty4-7-7  Franklin A.C., New Haven, CT, USALKO?0
McConnell substituted for Tommy Shortell who failed to appear. Although out-weighed by fifteen pounds, Flaherty had him almost going at times. Brooklyn Daily Eagle
1897-11-29 Billy Peterson    Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USADNWS66
1897-11-13Tommy Cleary7-1-3  Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1897-09-06 Howard Wilson    Quaker City A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALPTS  
1897-04-23 Jack Daly    Art A.C., 
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1897-02-16 Tom Devlin    Orange Street 
Opera House
Lancaster, PA, USA
1897-02-6 Bull McCarthy    Southwark A.C.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1897-02-01Philadelphia Jack O'Brien1-1-3  Philadelphia, PA, USALPTS66
Exact date unknown.
1897-01-11 Eugene Rowan    Winter Circus
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1896-09-17 Joe Dougherty    Tuxedo A.C.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
W 4 
1896-07-09 Charlie Wood    Tuxedo A.C.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1896-01-29Tom Moriarty1-1-0  Holyoke, MA, USALTKO40
The referee stopped the bout.
1896-01-08Charley Johnson28-4-13  Caledonian A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USALPTS44
1895-12-23 Charley Johnson    Caledonian A.C., Philadelphia, PA, USA    
1895-10-29 Tommy Devlin133   Manayunk Masonic Hall Philadelphia, PA, USADNWS44
1895-02-25 Bull
    Southwark A.C.
Philadelphia, PA. USA
1891-05-02 Jack Brady    Southwark A.C.
Philadelphia, PA. USA
Amateur Fight

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Harry "Young Starr" Stahl

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Camden Daily Courier- March 25, 1914

Daniel D. McConnell - William Dieffendorff - Main Street