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Jacobo Fitz-James

Full name: Jacobo María del Pilar Carlos Manuel Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó Portocarrero y Osorio
Gender: Male
Born: October 17, 1878 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: September 24, 1953 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Title: XVII Duque de Alba de Tormes, 10th Duke of Berwick, Duque de Arjona, XVII Duque de Huescar, X Duque de Liria y Jérica, Duque de Montoro, XIII Conde-Duque de Olivares, Marqués del Carpio, Conde de Baños, Conde de Lemos, Conde de Lerín, Conde de Miranda del Castanar, Conde de Monterrey, Conde de Osorno, Conde de Siruela, Condestable de Navarra, XI Marqués de la Algaba, Marqués de Andrade, Marqués de Ardales, Marqués de Ayala, XIII Marqués de Barcarrota, Marqués de Casarrubios del Monte, XVIII Marqués de Coria, Marqués de Eliche, Marqués de Fuentes de Valdepero, Marqués de Fuentiduena, Marqués de Galve, Marqués de los Gelves, Marqués de Mirallo, Marqués de Modica, Marqués de la Mota, Marqués de Moya, Marqués de Osera, Marqués de Piedrahita, Marqués de Salvatierra, Marqués de San Esteban de Gormaz, Marqués de San Leonardo, Marqués de Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Marqués de Sárria, Marqués de Tarazona, Marqués de Valdunquillo, Marqués de Villalba, Marqués de Villanueva del Fresno, Marqués de Villanueva del Río, 10th Earl of Tinmouth, Vizconde de la Calzada, 10th Baron of Bosworth, Caballero del Orden del Toisón de Oro
Country: ESP Spain
Sport: Polo

Related Olympians: Brother of Hernando Fitz-James; Grandfather of Cayetano Martínez.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Jacobo Fitz-James, or more fully, Jacobo María del Pilar Carlos Manuel Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó Portocarrero y Osorio, came from a very noble Spanish family, and his full list of titles encompasses seven dukedoms, 14 marquisates, 20 countships, and 24 knighthoods. He was best known as Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba. For his many titles he also inherited huge amounts of land in Spain, along with several castles in many Spanish cities. He was a Knight of the illustrious Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1927, he was elected as Director of the traditional Real Academia de la Historia and held that office until 1953. In 1930 he was appointed Foreign Minister, and in 1931 became Minister of Education and later Minister of State. As a supporter of Generalissimo Francesco Franco, Fitz-James was appointed representative of the rebels to Great Britain in 1937. In 1939 he was officially approved as Ambassador to Great Britain, resigning from that post in 1945 in support of the royalists. After the proclamation of Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, they called upon all their supporters to resign from their post if appointed by Franco.

Fitz-James attended Beaumont College in England and earned a law degree at Madrid University. He was a solid polo player, winning a silver medal in polo at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. Fitz-James was co-opted onto the IOC in November 1924 but served for only 2½ years and never attended an IOC Session.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Polo Men's Polo Spain ESP 2 Silver

Men's Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Polo Spain ESP Final Round Match 1/2 2 1920-07-31 GBR 13, ESP 11
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Polo Spain ESP Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-07-25 ESP 13, USA 3
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