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  • Seems to have been the nickname, originally, of James J. Corbett (1866-1933), heavyweight boxing champion who once K.O.ed the celebrated John L. Sullivan, as well as James Woolnaugh, a U.S. Army General active in WWII and Korea. Also later used in reference to several other sports figures.

    January 4, 2013

  • A poem bearing the title Gentleman Jim appeared in newspapers and quaint anthologies in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

    January 4, 2013

  • This supports bilby's hypothesis (in comments for gentlemen.) that it is a generic name for a man, or for a man perceived as a gentleman, which use probably predates the nicknames.

    January 4, 2013

  • Nice cite, hh!

    January 4, 2013

  • I like the concept of Bilby's Comments For Gentlemen. Like an upmarket barber shop I suppose, with shoe-shining AND pithy asides for the dapperly discerning.

    January 4, 2013