Jim Thorpe

Jacobus Franciscus Thorpe (1888 - 1953)

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Jacobus Franciscus (Jim) "James Francis" Thorpe
Born in Pottawatomie County, Oklahomamap
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Husband of — married (to about ) in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Husband of — married (to about ) [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Tijuana, Mexicomap
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Died in Lomita, Californiamap
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Jim Thorpe by far was the greatest athlete of the 20th century. He won gold medals in the Olympics in the decathalon and pentathalon and played professional football and baseball. Two monumental honors were bestowed unto Thorpe in 1950 when he was named "the greatest American football player" and the "greatest overall male athlete" by the Associated Press. In 1950, the nation's press selected Jim Thorpe as the most outstanding athlete of the first half of the 20th Century and in 1996-2001, he was awarded ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Century. King Gustav V of Sweden told Thorpe: "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world."

He was baptized "Jacobus Franciscus Thorpe" in the Catholic Church. Thorpe was born in Indian Territory, but no birth certificate has been found. Thorpe's parents were both of mixed-race ancestry. His father, Hiram Thorpe, had an Irish father and a Sac and Fox Indian mother. His mother, Charlotte Vieux, had a French father and a Potawatomi mother, a descendant of Chief Louis Vieux. He was raised as a Sac and Fox, and his native name, Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as "path lit by great flash of lightning" or, more simply, "Bright Path".

Thorpe married three times and had eight children (one of whom died in childhood).


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On 23 Apr 2016 at 02:56 GMT Trudy Roach wrote:

Hey Doug. I thought I'd create a profile for Jim. He is somehow related to my step father's Nortons. I am excited to find him here. Thanks

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