James Wendell

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James Wendell
Fred Kelly, James Wendell, Martin Hawkins 1912.jpg
Fred Kelly, James Wendell and Martin Hawkins at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born September 3, 1890
Schenectady, United States
Died November 22, 1958 (aged 68)
Philadelphia, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport Hurdles running
Club NYAC, New York

James Isaac Wendell (September 3, 1890 – November 22, 1958) was an American athlete who won the silver medal competed in the 110 m hurdles at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

After retiring from competitions, Wendell had a successful career in education. He was a master of English and assistant track coach at The Hill School (1913–1928), a boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where he was subsequently named headmaster (1928–1952). A teammate of his on the 1912 Olympic Team, General George S. Patton, later sent his son to The Hill while Wendell was headmaster. During Wendell's tenure as headmaster Hill graduate William ("Bill") Franklin Porter II, class of 1944, won a gold medal in the 110-meters hurdles at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[1]

In 2008, Wendell was named to Wesleyan University's Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from the school in 1913, having broken several track and field records in his time at the school.


  1. ^ James Wendell Archived 2011-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.. Sports Reference