Ira Davenport (athlete)

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Ira Davenport
Sport(s) Football, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born (1887-10-13)October 13, 1887
Winfield, Kansas
Died July 17, 1941(1941-07-17) (aged 53)
Dubuque, Iowa
Playing career
1909–1911 Chicago
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1920–1921 Columbia (IA)
Olympic medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing the  United States
Bronze medal – third place 1912 Stockholm 800 metres

Ira Nelson Davenport (October 13, 1887 – July 17, 1941) was a track athlete, American football and baseball player, and coach in the United States. He competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden in the 800 metres where he won the bronze medal. In the 400 metres event he was eliminated in the semi-finals. He also competed for the United States in the exhibition baseball tournament in Stockholm. Davenport ran track and played football at the University of Chicago. He served as the head football coach at Columbia College in Dubuque, Iowa, now known as Loras College, from 1920 to 1921. Davenport was later the general manager and treasurer of the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works.


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