Platt Adams

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Platt Adams
1912 Platt Adams.JPG
Adams in 1912
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1912 Stockholm Standing high jump
Silver 1912 Stockholm Standing long jump
For the 19th-century New York politician, see Platt Adams (politician).

Platt Adams (March 23, 1885 – February 27, 1961) was an American athlete. He competed for the United States in the 1908 Summer Olympics held in London and in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden.


He was born in Belleville, New Jersey on March 23, 1885. He had a brother, Benjamin Willard Adams, also an Olympic athlete. In 1908 he finished fifth in the triple jump competition as well as in the standing high jump event. In the standing long jump competition he finished sixth. He also participated in the discus throw event and in the Greek discus contest but in both events his result is unknown.

Four years later he won the gold medal in the standing high jump and the silver medal in the standing long jump. In 1912 he also finished fifth in the triple jump competition and 23rd in the high jump event. At the same Olympics he competed in the baseball event which was held as demonstration sport.

A resident of South Orange, New Jersey, Adams was serving in the New Jersey General Assembly when he was named as the state's Chief Boxing Inspector in March 1923.[1]

He died at his home in the Normandy Beach section of Toms River, New Jersey on February 27, 1961.[2][3]


  1. ^ Staff. "Platt Adams, Former Olympic Champion, Made Chief Boxing Inspector in Jersey", The New York Times, March 25, 1923. Accessed April 13, 2013. "Assemblyman Platt Adams of South Orange, one of the Republican delegation from Essex County was named Chief Boxing Inspector under the new Stevens bill today."
  2. ^ Staff. "PLATT ADAMS, 75, ATHLETE, IS DEAD; Won Standing High Jump at 1912 Olympics -- Ex-Chief Jersey Boxing Inspector", The New York Times, March 3, 1961. Accessed April 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Staff. "A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week", Sports Illustrated, March 13, 1961. Accessed April 13, 2013. "DIED: PLATT ADAMS, 75, winner of the 1912 Olympic standing high jump, at Normandy Beach, N.J. Adams won the now-discontinued Olympic event with a jump of 5 feet 4 inches."

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