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Henry Breckinridge

Full name: Henry Skillman Breckinridge
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Born: May 25, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 2, 1960 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Washington Fencers Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Fencing

Related Olympians: Brother of Scott Breckinridge.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Henry Breckinridge was a member of both the foil and épée team at the 1920 Olympics. At foil, he won the deciding bout that gave the U.S. a victory over Great Britain, and with it, the bronze medal. Breckinridge won only one AFLA national individual championship, that in outdoor épée in 1924, but he was a member of nine national championship teams, while representing either the Washington Fencers Club or the New York Fencers Club. Breckinridge achieved prominence early in life. At 27 he was asked to join President Wilson’s first cabinet as the Assistant Secretary of War, and he served in that post from 1913 until 1916. He then fought in World War I, commanding a battalion and seeing action at Vosges, St. Mihiel, and the Meuse Argonne, leaving the service as a lieutenant colonel. Breckinridge, a Princeton grad who went on to Harvard Law, then took up the practice of law in New York. His most famous client was Charles Lindbergh and when Lindbergh’s infant son was kidnapped in 1932, Breckinridge, acting as both friend and counsel, was responsible for the conduct of the lengthy and futile ransom negotiations and the widespread attempts to make contact with the kidnapper. In 1934 Breckinridge ran for the U.S. Senate from New York but was defeated. In 1936 he entered several Democratic Presidential primaries, but with little success and he dropped out of contention for the nomination. He then returned to his law practice.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Foil, Individual United States USA 4T p1 r1/3
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Foil, Team United States USA 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Épée, Individual United States USA 10T p2 r3/4
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing Men's Épée, Team United States USA 6
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing Men's Foil, Team United States USA 5T
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing Men's Épée, Team United States USA 5T

Men's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 4T 1920-08-17 2 4

Men's Foil, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW TD
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool 3 1920-08-17 2 2 22 42
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout F 2 1920-08-17 FRA 14, USA 2 2 0
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout H 1 1920-08-17 USA 9, DEN 7 9 1
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout I 1 1920-08-17 USA 8, GBR 8 8 2
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Two 2 1920-08-15 1 0 10 6
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Two 1 1920-08-15 USA 10, NED 6 10 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool One 3 1928-07-29 0 2 7 25
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool One 2 1928-07-29 ITA 14, USA 2 2 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool One 1 1928-07-29 Breckinridge (USA) 5, Guaragna (ITA) 4 5
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool One 2 1928-07-29 Chiavacci (ITA) 5, Breckinridge (USA) 1 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool One 2 1928-07-29 Gaudini (ITA) 5, Breckinridge (USA) 2 2
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool One 2 1928-07-29 Puliti (ITA) 5, Breckinridge (USA) 2 2
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 2 1928-07-29 1 1 20 12
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 2 1928-07-29 ARG 8/62, USA 8/55 8/55 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 2 1928-07-29 Lucchetti (ARG) 5, Breckinridge (USA) 3 3
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 2 1928-07-29 Lucchetti (ARG) 5, Breckinridge (USA) 2 2
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 2 1928-07-29 Anganuzzi (ARG) 5, Breckinridge (USA) 0 0
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1928-07-29 Breckinridge (USA) 5, Larraz (ARG) 2 5
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Five 1 1928-07-29 2 0 25 7
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Five 1 1928-07-29 USA 14, SUI 2 14 4
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Five 1 1928-07-29 Breckinridge (USA) 5, Fitting (SUI) 1 5
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Five 1 1928-07-29 Breckinridge (USA) 5, Albaret (SUI) 4 5
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Five 1 1928-07-29 Breckinridge (USA) 5, Fauconnet (SUI) 3 5
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Five 1 1928-07-29 Breckinridge (USA) 5, de Bardel (SUI) 0 5

Men's Épée, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Semi-Finals Pool Two 10T 1920-08-22 3
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Two 5T 1920-08-22 5
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Seven 1T 1920-08-20 6

Men's Épée, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML MT TBW/TD IBW BW BL TD
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool 6 1920-08-20 0 5 0
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout F 2 1920-08-20 BEL 8, USA 6 6
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout J 2 1920-08-20 FRA 12, USA 2 2
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout N 2 1920-08-20 POR 8, USA 4 4
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Final Pool Team Bout O 2 1920-08-20 SUI 9, USA 7 7
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 3 1920-08-20 2 2
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 2 1920-08-20 FRA 7, USA 2 2
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 2 1920-08-20 SUI 7, USA 6 6
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 1 1920-08-20 USA 8, GBR 7 8 2
1920 Summer 33 Antwerpen Fencing United States USA Round One Pool One 1 1920-08-20 USA 11, TCH 5 11
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 1 1 15 15
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 POR 8, USA 7 7 3
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 1 1928-08-04 Breckinridge (USA) 2, Paredes (POR) 0 2
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 1 1928-08-04 Breckinridge (USA) 2, da Silveira (POR) 1 2
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 1 1928-08-04 Breckinridge (USA) 2, de Paiva (POR) 0 2
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 Sassetti (POR) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 1 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 1 1928-08-04 USA 8, NOR 7 8 0
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 Heide (NOR) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 0 0
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 Bergsland (NOR) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 1 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 Lorentzen (NOR) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 1 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1928-08-04 Akre-Aas (NOR) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 0 0
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Six 1 1928-08-03 2 0 20 12
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Six 1 1928-08-03 USA 9, EGY 7 9 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Six 2 1928-08-03 Moyal (EGY) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 1 1
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Six 2 1928-08-03 Charaoui (EGY) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 0 0
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Six 2 1928-08-03 Adda (EGY) 2, Breckinridge (USA) 0 0
1928 Summer 41 Amsterdam Fencing United States USA Round One Pool Six 1 1928-08-03 Breckinridge (USA) 2, Cicurel (EGY) 1 2