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Cogwagee * Tom Longboat 1886-1949

Cogwagee Tom Longboat

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Cogwagee Tom Longboat

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

Tom Longboat

Photo Source - Wikipedia Commons

Plaque Location

The County of Brant
Six Nations of the Grand River
In Ohsweken, at the old Six Nation Council House
at 1799 4th Line, north side of the street
just west of Chiefswood Road

Coordinates: N 43 04.157 W 80 07.143


Plaque Text

An Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River, Tom Longboat was one of the world's great long-distance runners. He ran his first race in Caledonia in 1905 and two years later shot to international attention with a record-breaking win in the Boston Marathon. He represented Canada in the 1908 Olympics. Hailed as professional world champion the following year, Longboat went on to set world records for 24 and 32 km races. During the First World War he served as a despatch runner with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (1916-1919). Tom Longboat is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.



First Nations

Other Plaques in Six Nations of the Grand River
Tom Longboat 1886-1949
Ahyouwaeghs * John Brant 1794-1832
E. Pauline Johnson 1861-1913
New Credit Indian Reserve and Mission
The Six Nations
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) 1742-1807

Brant County Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted February 6, 2011
This guy must be fast! I wish I could run that fast! :)

> Posted May 2, 2010
Does anyone know anything about his childhood because I'm doing a project on him! Thanks

> Posted February 18, 2010
At school I'm learning about this man.

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