April 1, 1869|
|Died||February 13, 1943
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
Eli Abbott (April 1, 1869 – February 13, 1943) was an American football player and coach of football and baseball. He played college football at the University of Alabama and the University of Pennsylvania and coached the Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 1893 to 1895 and again in 1902.
Abbott was born in Mississippi in 1869. He was the son of James O. and Emily Abbott, both of whom were Mississippi natives. At the time of the 1880 United States Census, Abbott was living with his parents and three brothers in Okolona, Mississippi.
Athlete and coach
Abbott attended the University of Alabama and played at tackle on Alabama's inaugural football team in 1892. He later attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a bachelor of science degree in 1896. He played varsity football and baseball at Penn.
He served as the head football coach at the University of Alabama from 1893 to 1895 and again in 1902, compiling a career record of 7–13. He also coached the baseball team at Alabama in 1896, posting a 5–5 record.
Family and later years
Abbott married Idah (or Ada) Hausman in September 1896. At the time of the 1910 United States Census, Abbott was living in Leflore County, Mississippi, working as a civil engineer. He and his wife had three sons, Eli, Jr., Charles and Frank. His wife and all three sons were born in Alabama. At the time of the 1930 United States Census, Abbott was living in Greenwood, Mississippi with his wife, Ada, and their son Frank. His occupation was listed as a civil engineer with a general practice. Abbott was employed as the city engineer in Greenwood for many years and remained a resident of that city for the remainder of his life. He died at Greenwood in February 1943 at age 73.
Head coaching record
|Alabama Crimson White (Independent) (1893–1894)|
|Alabama Crimson White (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1895)|
|Alabama Crimson White (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1902)|
- Census entry for James O. Abbott and family. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Tuscaloosa Ward 2, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Roll: T623_42; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 125.
- Census entry for J.O. Abbott and family. Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Okolona, Chickasaw, Mississippi; Roll: 643; Family History Film: 1254643; Page: 279A; Enumeration District: 31; Image: 0241.
- General Alumni Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania. 1922. p. 94.
- The Sixth General Catalogue of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 1904. p. 225.
- Census entry for Eli Abbott and family. Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Beat 1, Leflore, Mississippi; Roll: T624_748; Page: 57A; Enumeration District: 0065; Image: 760; FHL Number: 1374761.
- Census entry for Eli Abbott and family. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Greenwood, Leflore, Mississippi; Roll: 1156; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 13.0.
- "Radio Message Received From Abbott". Delta Democrat Times. October 27, 1939.
- "Eli Abbott Rites Held At Greenwood". Delta Democrat Times. February 15, 1943.