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John Paine

Full name: John Bryant Paine
Gender: Male
Born: April 19, 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 1, 1951 in Weston, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Boston Athletic Association, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Shooting

Related Olympians: Great-grandfather of Cécile Tucker; Brother of Sumner Paine.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


John Paine and his brother, [Sumner], came from a notable sporting family. Their father, Gen. Charles Jackson Paine had thrice defended the America’s Cup for the United States – in 1885, 1886, and 1887. In 1896 Lt. John Paine was a member of the Boston Athletic Association, which was sending several track & field athletes to the Olympic Games. Paine decided to go over to Athens and on the way, stopped in Paris to meet his brother, who was working at the Gastin-Renette Galleries. John convinced Sumner to join him in Paris and, once there, John easily won the first competition, the military pistol event, over his brother. So easily did he win, in fact, that John thought it unsporting to enter any further events and withdrew from the remaining pistol event. John Paine returned to Boston after the Olympics, but left again in 1898 to fight in the Spanish-American War He later settled in a suburb of Boston, where he became a wealthy investment banker.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 25 Athina Shooting Men's Military Pistol, 25 metres United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Military Pistol, 25 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1896 Summer 25 Athina Shooting United States USA Final Standings 25 442
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