John Elliot Cowdin

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John Elliot Cowdin
BornMarch 22, 1858
DiedJanuary 7, 1941
ResidenceGramercy Park, Manhattan, New York
EducationHarvard University
OccupationSilk merchant
Spouse(s)Gertrude Cheever (d. 1908), Madeline Knowlton (d. 1950)
ChildrenEthel, Elliott Channing Cowdin, John Cheever
Parent(s)Elliot Christopher Cowdin
Sarah Katharine Waldron

John Elliot Cowdin (March 22, 1858 – January 7, 1941) was an American polo player.[1]


Cowdin was born on March 22, 1858, to Elliot Christopher Cowdin and Sarah Katharine Waldron. His father was a prominent New York businessman and a member of the 100th New York State Legislature.

He married Gertrude Cheever with whom he had a daughter and two sons.

Cowdin played for the Rockaway Polo Club.[1] He won the 1902 International Polo Cup and the first U.S. Open Polo Championship in 1904.[1] He also won the Association and Added Cups, the Governor's Challenge Cup and the Senior Championship in 1896, 1899, 1902 and 1903.[1]

His wife died on May 3, 1908, after a short illness while in Paris, France.[2]

In 1912, his second marriage was to Madeleine Knowlton.[3]

He died on January 7, 1941.


He was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in 2007.[1] One of his sons, John Cheever Cowdin, was also a top level polo player.


  1. ^ a b c d e Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame biography
  2. ^ "Mrs. John Elliot Cowdin" (PDF). New York Times. May 18, 1908.
  3. ^ "Knowlton – Cowdin". New York Times. June 25, 1912.