Francis Lane

Francis Adonijah Lane (1874 - 1927)

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Francis Adonijah Lane
Born in Franklin, Warren, Ohio, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Duluth, Minnesotamap
[children unknown]
Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Apr 2015
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Categories: 1896 Summer Olympics, Athens | Olympians Representing the United States | Track and Field.


Frances Lane was born on September 23, 1874 in Franklin, Warren, Ohio. He was the son of John Lane and Cornelia Francis.[1] He was baptized 5 June 1875 at the New Jersey Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Ohio.[2]

Francis was one of the four Princeton University students selected by Dr. William Sloane, a Princeton history professor, to be a part of the 1896 United States Olympic team. [3] At the Olympics in Athens, Greece, he took third place in the 100 meter dash.[4][5]

Francis married Amy Evelyn Barnes Peirce on 22 September 1920 in Duluth, Minnesota. ""Mr. and Mrs. W. Fletcher Barnes of North Main street announce the marriage of their daughter, Amy Barnes Peirce, to Dr. Francis Lane of Chicago, which took place Sept. 12 at Duluth, Minn. After a month at Gordon, Wis., they will be at home at Chicago."

Francis was the chief professor of ophthalmology at Rush Medical College. For his undergraduate degree, he attended Princeton University (graduated in 1897). He was a graduate of the Missouri Medical College (1899). He held a professorship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Health Sciences Center in Chicago and the University of Illinois College of Medicine ophthalmology.[6]

He died 17 February 1927 at Chicago of diabetes. He was 52 years of age at the time of his death.[7]


Dr. Lane, Olympic Star in 1896, Buried Here

Dr. Francis A. Lane, chief professor of ophthalmology at Rush Medical college, chief occultist for the Illinois Central railroad and the Western Electric Co., and a member of the American team at the first revival of the Olympic games in 1896 at Athens, died yesterday afternoon at Grant Hospital, Chicago. He had been an invalid for some time and last Saturday suffered a collapse from which he did not recover.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of his wife's father, W.F. Barnes at 814 N. Main st., Rockford, the Rev. Charles Parker Connolly officiating.

Dr. Lane was born at Franklin, O., in 1874 and graduated from Princeton University in 1897. During his third year there he was a member of the American Olympic team that went to Athens to participate in the revival of the great classical games for the first time in centuries. He was an all-around athlete.

After graduating from Princeton, he studied medicine at Washington university and abroad, reaching a high place in his chose profession, ophthalmology.

He married Mrs. Amy Barnes Peirce, daughter of W.F. Barnes of Rockford, five years ago.[8]


  1. Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003," database with images, Family Search ( : 24 May 2016), Francis Lane, 23 Sep 1874; citing Birth, Franklin Twp., Warren, Ohio, United States, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 384,210.
  2. US Presbyterian Records 1743-1970; Francis Lane; baptism; 5 June 1875; Carlisle, Ohio; New Jersey Presbyterian Church; father: John Lane; mother: Cornelia Lane.
  3. Frances Lane's Olympic Involvement.
  4. Wikipedia Article
  5. Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime. The Complete Book of The Olympics 2012 Edition. Aurum Press, London, 2012
  6. Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929; Birth date: Sep 23, 1874 Birth place: Franklin, OH Death date: Feb 17, 1927 Death place: Chicago, IL.
  7. Find a Grave Memorial for Francis Adonijah Lane.
  8. Obituary transcribed by David Pierce, December 1, 2012.

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