- James Rector (athlete)
John "James" Alcorn Rector (
June 22, 1884- March 10, 1949) was an American athlete. He was the first Arkansas athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
James Rector was born in
Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was the grandson of Arkansas Civil War governor Henry Massey Rectorand Mississippi Reconstruction governor James Alcorn.
He won the
silver medalin the 100 metres at the 1908 Summer Olympics, tying the Olympic record for the race (10.8 seconds at the time) during both the qualifying heats and the semifinals. He lost to Reggie Walkerin the final, running the race in 10.9 seconds as Walker hit the 10.8 mark for his second time.
Rector was a prominent
St. Louis, Missouri lawyerfor more than thirty years before retiring in Hot Springs.
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NAME=Rector, John Alcorn
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Rector, James
SHORT DESCRIPTION=American athlete
DATE OF BIRTH=
June 22, 1884
PLACE OF BIRTH=Hot Springs, Arkansas
DATE OF DEATH=
March 10, 1949
PLACE OF DEATH=
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