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Curtis, William Buckinghamlocked

(17 January 1837–30 June 1900)
  • Paul DeLoca


Curtis, William Buckingham (17 January 1837–30 June 1900), champion amateur athlete and "father" of amateur athletics in America, champion amateur athlete and “father” of amateur athletics in America, was born in Salisbury, Vermont, the son of Henry Harvey Curtis, a Presbyterian minister and college president, and Elizabeth “Betsey” C. Deming. Betsey Curtis died from tuberculosis a year after Bill's birth, and by 1840 his father married Julia Ann Roberts. From 1841 to 1862, the year Bill's father died, the family moved for church assignments in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. This strong Christian home environment eventually influenced Curtis's philosophy of life and set the general pattern for his later efforts to “purify” sport....

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