Prior to his ice skating career, Hawley fought in the United States Army. Subsequently, he become a champion in the sport of figure skating, so much so that a Cigarette Card was made commemorating him.
This continued until 1874; on a Wednesday morning, Hawley suffered a terrible incident that took his right leg and ended his career. As a result, Hawley retired to a remote cabin that overlooked Barrow Lagoon.
On August 18th, 1888, Felix Hawley died and was buried not far from his home. Some time afterwards, his grave was excavated and vandalised, with "NO ICE IN HELL" painted on the tombstone.