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Jim Thorpe. Gelatin silver print, c. 1913, by Underwood & Underwood. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.


Thorpe, Jim (28 May 1888–28 March 1953), athlete, was born James Francis Thorpe near Prague, Indian Territory (now Okla.), the son of Hiram Thorpe and Charlotte Vieux, farmers. Part Sac and Fox Indian, Thorpe was given the tribal name Bright Path. He attended the Sac and Fox Indian Agency School near Tecumseh, Oklahoma, and the Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he was introduced to football....