Thorpe, Jim, 1887-1953

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Jim Thorpe, also known as James Francis Thorpe (b. May 22 or 28, 1887, Prague Indian Territory, Oklahoma-d. March 28, 1953, Lomita, California) was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for his home country. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, and played American football (collegiate and professional), professional baseball, and basketball.
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referencedIn Jim Thorpe Commission. [Jim Thorpe commemorative medal] [realia]. Arizona State University Libraries
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Wadsworth, Frances Laughlin, 1909-1978. Papers, 1944-1968. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn [Player File. Thorpe, James Francis, 1913- / compiled by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Grace F. Thorpe collection, 1900-2008 National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 1793 - 1999. Student Records. 1879 - 1918. Jim Thorpe Student File
referencedIn Connolly, Lila H. Lila H. Connolly papers, 1901-1943, 1950-1955, undated. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Whitman, Robert L. (Robert Lowell), 1940-. Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians collection, 1922-1997. Marion County Historical Society
referencedIn George "Hooks" Wiltse 1913-1914 world tour photograph album : photograph album, 1913-1914. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Records of the Domestic Policy Staff (Carter Administration). 1976 - 1981. Robert Berenson's Subject Files. 1977 - 1981. Olympics - Jim Thorpe, 9/79 - 10/80
referencedIn Johnson, Freeman C., 1886-1969. Freeman C. Johnson papers, 1900-1969. Rochester Museum & Science Center
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 1793 - 1999. Selected Documents Removed From Carlisle Indian Industrial School Student Records and Post 1880 Letters Received
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 1793 - 1999. Student Records. 1879 - 1918. Jim Thorpe Student File. 1904 - 1915. Student Information Card for Jim Thorpe
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associatedWith Connolly, Lila H. person
associatedWith Ford, John, 1895-1973 person
associatedWith Johnson, Freeman C., 1886-1969 person
memberOf Sac and Fox Nation. corporateBody
parentOf Thorpe, Grace F., 1921-2008 person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wadsworth, Frances Laughlin, 1909-1978. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Lomita CA US
Oklahoma OK US
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Football
Olympic games
Baseball
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Baseball players
Sportsmen and sportswomen
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Birth 1888-05-28

Death 1953-03-28

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