Malcolm Webster Ford

Malcolm Webster Ford

Born 1862

Malcolm Webster Ford, athlete and journalist. He was born in Brooklyn, the son of Gordon Lester Ford and Emily Webster Ford (a granddaughter of Noah Webster, poet, and lifelong friend of Emily Dickinson). In his heyday during the 1880s, he was three times the American National Champion as "All Around Athlete", a competition which was the equivalent of today's decathlon. (It consisted of ten events, three of which are different from those which are run today).… Read More

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1862 Birth Born in 1862.


1885 23 Years Old In 1885 and 1886 he was the winner at the National Championships of the long jump and 100 and 200 yard dash, a "triple" which was not accomplished again until Carl Lewis did it in 1983. … Read More


1893 31 Years Old He married Jeanette Graves, an heiress, in 1893 and they had a child, also named Malcolm Webster Ford.
1898 36 Years Old The couple divorced in 1898 and Ford was granted custody of the child. … Read More


1902 40 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 8, 1902, he went to the residence of his brother, the novelist and biographer Paul Leicester Ford and fatally shot him, then took his own life. … Read More
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