Thomas Cochran (banker)

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Thomas Cochran
Born Thomas Cochran
(1871-03-20)March 20, 1871
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died October 29, 1936(1936-10-29) (aged 65)
Bedford, New York
Nationality American
Education Phillips Academy
Yale University
Occupation Banker
Employer Astor Trust Company
Liberty National Bank of New York
J.P. Morgan & Company
Known for Addison Gallery of American Art
Spouse(s) Martha (Andrews) Cochran
Parent(s) Thomas Cochran
Emilie Belden (Walsh) Cochran

Thomas Cochran (March 20, 1871 – October 29, 1936) was an American banker and college football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Minnesota for the 1894 Golden Gophers season, leading the team to a 3–1 record. He was the second Yale University graduate to coach at Minnesota, following his predecessor, Wallie Winter. The Minnesota football program was suffering financially, so Cochrane delivered lectures titled "Football as Played in the East" at locations around the nation to help raise money.[1]:312

Life and career[edit]

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 20, 1871, Cochran was the son of a lawyer and real-estate broker in New York and St. Paul. He was educated at Phillips Andover and at Yale, where he was an editor of campus humor magazine The Yale Record and a member of the Skull and Bones society.[2]

Cochran was the vice-president of the Astor Trust Company from 1906 to 1914, and president of the Liberty National Bank of New York from 1914 to 1916. He became a partner in J.P. Morgan & Company in 1917.

In 1931, Cochran funded the creation of the Addison Gallery of American Art at his former school, Phillips Andover.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Minnesota Golden Gophers (Independent) (1894)
1894 Minnesota 3–1
Minnesota: 3–1
Total: 3–1


  1. ^ University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics (2004). Jeff Keiser; Shane Sanderfeld, eds. Minnesota Football 2004 Media Guide. University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Communications. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Cochran". Obituary Record of Graduates Of Yale University: Deceased During the Year 1936-1937. New Haven: Yale University. December 1, 1937. p. 64.