Raymond Ewry

Raymond Clarence Ewry (1873 - 1937)

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Raymond Clarence Ewry
Born in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indianamap
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Died in Long Island, Queens, New Yorkmap
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Raymond Ewry was born on October 14, 1873 in Lafayette, Indiana. He was the son of George Henry Ewry and Sarah Elizabeth Smith. [1][2] In 1879, his mother passed away. By 1880, he is found living with his aunt and uncle and his younger sister, Mabel.[3]

At the age of 7, Raymond contracted polio and was confined to a wheelchair. Determined to walk again, a doctor recommended leg exercises. He did "his exercises from the moment he woke up in the morning until the moment he fell asleep at night." [4] When he could stand, he strengthened his legs by jumping.[5]

Raymond attended Purdue University from 1890-1897, and was the captain of the track team and played football. At Purdue, he set records in the Standing High Jump and Long Jump. After he graduated, he moved to New York and joined the New York Athletic Club. There he competed in the Standing High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.[6][7]

Raymond competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. He won gold in the Standing High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. His success in the jumping events in Paris led to him being dubbed "The Human Frog". [8][9]

Raymond returned to the Summer Olympics again in 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri to defend his titles in the standing jumping events. He again won 3 golds in the Standing High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump.[8][9]

Raymond made his 3rd trip to the Summer Olympics in 1906 in Athens, Greece. The Standing Triple Jump had been discontinued, so he only competed in the Standing High Jump and Long Jump. He won gold in both events.[8][9]

Raymond competed in his last Summer Olympics in 1908 in London, England. He again remained the champion in the Standing High Jump and Long Jump, winning gold in both.[8][9]


  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #7518787
  2. New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WLS-T7C : 20 March 2015), Raymond R. C. Ewry, 29 Sep 1937; citing Death, New York City, Queens, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 2,184,871.
  3. United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHSN-X8H : 7 July 2016), Raymond C Eury in household of William Elisha, La Fayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 26, sheet 243D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0313; FHL microfilm 1,254,313.
  4. http://www.espn.com/olympics/summer04/trackandfield/columns/story?id=1862509
  5. https://lumserve.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/ray-ewry-greatest-jumper-in-olympic-history/
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Ewry
  7. http://www.npr.org/2012/05/23/153514149/before-leaping-to-10-golds-athlete-beat-polio
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ew/ray-ewry-1.html
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime. The Complete Book of The Olympics 2012 Edition. Aurum Press, London, 2012

United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVM4-ZML : 14 December 2015), Raymond Ewry, Queens Assembly District 4, Queens, New York, United States; citing sheet 5A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,234.


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