Francis Nelson

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Francis Nelson
Francis Nelson.jpg
Born 1859 (1859)
Hamilton, ON, CAN
Died April 14, 1932 (1932-04-15) (aged 72)
Panama Canal, Panama
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Journalist, Sports editor
Honors Hockey Hall of Fame (1947)

Francis A. Nelson (1859 – April 14, 1932) was a Canadian sportsperson. Though perhaps best known for his interests in Thoroughbreds, his interests were diversified and he became a bulwark of the Ontario Hockey Association in its struggling years. When John Ross Robertson became the Ontario Hockey Association president in its 10th year of existence, he realized that he needed strong men around him to make the organization a success so he called upon Nelson, Sports Editor of the Toronto Globe, for assistance. Nelson served as OHA vice-president from 1903 to 1905. The following season he was named OHA Governor to the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada and was later elected a life member. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947.

Nelson was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1859 and died on a steamer on the Panama Canal in April 1932 of a heart attack.[1]



  1. ^ "Francis Nelson dies on steamer in Panama Canal" The Montreal Gazette, April 16, 1932.

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