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Tom Longboat 1886-1949

Tom Longboat

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2010

Tom Longboat Tom Longboat

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Brant
Six Nations of the Grand River
In Ohsweken, beside the front door of Gaylord Powless Arena
at 1738 Fourth Line Road, south side of the street
west of Chiefswood Road

Coordinates: N 43 04.134 W 80 07.423


Plaque Text

This Onondaga athlete, born on the Six Nations reserve of the Grand River Iroquois, became the foremost long distance runner of his time. He followed the ancient Iroquois tradition of running, winning many races in Canada and abroad, including the Boston Marathon of 1907. He also participated in the Olympics of 1908. Competing when professional foot races were a popular attraction, he was one of the first Canadian athletes to make a living solely from sports. Retiring from competitive racing before the First World War, he later served as a despatch carrier in that conflict. He died on this reserve.



First Nations

Other Plaques in Six Nations of the Grand River
Cogwagee * Tom Longboat 1886-1949
Ahyouwaeghs * John Brant 1794-1832
E. Pauline Johnson 1861-1913
New Credit Indian Reserve and Mission
The Six Nations
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) 1742-1807

Brant County Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted September 21, 2012
Inspiring. Though natives were generally ignored at this time and badly treated, this young man lead to positive attention. Thanks Mr. Longboat. You were the first among many.

> Posted April 21, 2010
Thanks for letting me know about this plaque!
Frank Touby, The Bulletin, Old Town Toronto

> Posted November 12, 2008
I miss Tom Longboat!

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