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Politicians Who Won Olympic Medals

in chronological order

  Edward Patrick Francis Eagan (1897-1967) — also known as Edward P. F. Eagan; Eddie Eagan — of Rye, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Denver, Colo., April 26, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Won the gold medal as light-heavyweight boxer at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium; as member of a four-man bobsleigh team, won another gold medal at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York; Rhodes scholar; lawyer; colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1948. Member, American Legion; Beta Theta Pi. Died, following a heart attack, in Roosevelt Hospital, Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., June 14, 1967 (age 70 years, 49 days). Interment at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John William Eagan and Clara (Bartholomew) Eagan; married, October 1, 1927, to Margaret Colgate.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Benjamin McLaine Spock (1903-1998) — also known as Benjamin Spock — Born in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., May 2, 1903. Won an Olympic gold medal in rowing at the 1924 Paris games; physician; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; author of influential book, Baby and Child Care; People's candidate for President of the United States, 1972; People's candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1976. Member, United World Federalists. Died in La Jolla, San Diego County, Calif., March 15, 1998 (age 94 years, 317 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Benjamin Ives Spock and Mildred Louise (Stoughton) Spock; married, June 25, 1927, to Jane Davenport Cheney; married 1976 to Mary Morgan.
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  William Edwards Stevenson (1900-1985) — also known as William E. Stevenson — of Stamford, Fairfield County, Conn.; Oberlin, Lorain County, Ohio. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., 1900. Won Olympic gold medal in 1600 meter relay, 1924; Rhodes scholar; president of Oberlin College, 1946-61; U.S. Ambassador to Philippines, 1961-64. Died in 1985 (age about 85 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Father of Helen Day Stevenson Meyner.
  Political family: Meyner-Stevenson family of Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Ralph Harold Metcalfe (1910-1978) — also known as Ralph H. Metcalfe — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., May 29, 1910. Democrat. Won gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals in 1932 and 1936; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1952 (alternate), 1956 (alternate), 1964 (alternate), 1968; U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1971-78; died in office 1978. Catholic. African ancestry. Member, Amvets; American Legion; Urban League; NAACP; Elks; Alpha Phi Alpha. Died, from a heart attack, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., October 10, 1978 (age 68 years, 134 days). Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Ill.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Robert Bruce Mathias (1930-2006) — also known as Bob Mathias — of Tulare, Tulare County, Calif.; Fresno, Fresno County, Calif. Born in Tulare, Tulare County, Calif., November 17, 1930. Republican. U.S. Representative from California 18th District, 1967-75. Methodist. Won Olympic gold medals in decathalon in 1948 and 1952; starred as himself in a 1954 movie, "The Bob Mathias Story"; inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 1983. Died, of cancer, in Fresno, Fresno County, Calif., September 2, 2006 (age 75 years, 289 days). Interment at Tulare Cemetery, Tulare, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Charles Milfred Mathias and Lillian (Harris) Mathias; married, June 17, 1953, to Melba Wiser; married 1977 to Gwendolyn (Haven) Alexander (ex-wife of William Vollie Alexander Jr.).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Wendell Richard Anderson (1933-2016) — also known as Wendell R. Anderson — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn.; Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., February 1, 1933. Democrat. Member of the U.S. hockey team which won a silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics; lawyer; member of Minnesota state house of representatives District 37, 1959-62; member of Minnesota state senate, 1963-70 (49th District 1963-66, 44th District 1967-70); alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964; Governor of Minnesota, 1971-76; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1976-78; defeated (Democratic-Farmer-Labor), 1978. Protestant. Died, from Alzheimer's disease, in a hospice at St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., July 17, 2016 (age 83 years, 167 days). His body was donated to the University of Minnesota for medical research.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Minnesota Legislator record
  William Warren Bradley (b. 1943) — also known as Bill Bradley; "Dollar Bill" — of Denville, Morris County, N.J. Born in Crystal City, Jefferson County, Mo., July 28, 1943. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1979-97; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988, 1996; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 2000. Protestant. At the 1964 Olympic Games, won a gold medal as part of the U.S. basketball team; professional basketball player for the New York Knicks, 1967-77; elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. Still living as of 2014.
  Cross-reference: Dan Maffei
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  James Ronald Ryun (b. 1947) — also known as Jim Ryun — of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kan. Born in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan., April 29, 1947. Republican. Silver medallist, 1968 Olympic games; inducted into National Distance Running Hall of Fame; U.S. Representative from Kansas 2nd District, 1996-. Presbyterian. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
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