William R. Orthwein

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William R. Orthwein
Personal information
Full name William Robert Orthwein
Nickname(s) "Bill"
National team United States
Born (1881-10-16)October 16, 1881
St. Louis, Missouri
Died October 2, 1955(1955-10-02) (aged 73)
St. Louis, Missouri
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, freestyle, water polo
Club Missouri Athletic Club
College team Yale University

William Robert Orthwein (October 16, 1881 – October 2, 1955) was an American sportsman, attorney, business executive and political activist.

Early life[edit]

William Robert Orthwein was born on October 16, 1881. His father, William D. Orthwein, was a German-born grain merchant.

Orthwein graduated from Yale University.[1] While at Yale in November 1902, he was arrested on charges of assaulting a ticket seller for a Yale-Harvard football game;[2] one month later, he was fined for it.[3]

Orthwein competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics as a freestyle and backstroke swimmer and water polo player.[1] He won a bronze medals as a member of American 4x50-yard freestyle relay team and as a member of the Missouri Athletic Club water polo team. He also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.[1]

Orthwein received a law degree from the Washington University School of Law.[1]

Career[edit]

Orthwein was an attorney.[4] He served as the vice president and general counsel of the Kinloch Telephone Company in 1920.[5] In that capacity, he refused to sell the business to the Bell Telephone Company.[5]

During World War II, he served as a supply commissioner for the City of St. Louis.[4] Meanwhile, Orthwein joined the Republican Party.[4] In 1948, he ran unsuccessful for the nomination of lieutenant-governor.[4][6]

Personal life[edit]

Orthwein married Nina Kent Baldwin. They had a son, William R. Orthwein, Jr..[1]

Death[edit]

Orthwein died on October 2, 1955 at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bill Orthwein". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "For Attacking Speculators. Prominent Yale Students Placed Under Arrest.". The Bismarck Tribune. Bismark, North Dakota. November 26, 1902. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "STUDENTS FINED. Yale Men Pay for Assaulting a Ticket Speculator.". The Idaho Statesman. Boise City, Idaho. December 13, 1902. p. 1. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ a b c d e "St. Louis Attorney, GOP Leader, Dies". Moberly Monitor-Index. Moberly, Missouri. October 3, 1955. p. 5. Retrieved October 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ a b "Kinloch Sale Here Denied By Orthwein: "Absolutely No Grounds" for Reports, Says Kinloch Official, In Letter to Telegraph. Chiefs' Reply Is Delayed: Bell Company Head Says "Unforeseen Complications" Have Prevented Completing of Plan.". Alton Evening Telegraph. Alton, Illinois. July 12, 1920. p. 1. Retrieved October 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "Unofficial County Election Vote". The Sedalia Democrat. Sedalia, Missouri. August 4, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved October 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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