Born: Jacksonville, Florida l897
Deceased: Boston, Ma. l966
Class Valedictorian - Stanton High School, Est. l916 - Jacksonville, Fla.
Graduate of Harvard College & Harvard Law School
Dual Meets - Harvard - Yale
In l9l9 - Mr. Gourdin placed first in the broad jump and second in the 440 yard dash.
In l920 he placed first in the broad jump and second in the 220 yard dash, and third in the l00 yard dash.
In l92l, he placed first in the l00-yard dash and broad jump, second in the 220 yard dash.
Mr. Gourdin was recognized as a three-time winner of the university's H letter for his performances. He received the distinction in l9l9, l920 and l92l.
Established the World Record (a first) in the long jump of 25' 3" on July 23rd, l92l.
Dual Meet - Harvard - Yale - Oxford - Cambridge..
Was introduced to Amelia Ponce, age l6, who would become his wife.
This World Record in the long jump is the oldest track and Field Record at Harvard University.
National Pentathlon Champion l92l & l922 (five events - discus - javelin - long jump - l00 yard dash - l500 yards)
Silver Medalist, l924 Olympic Games, Paris, France - Winner - William DeHart Hubbard
First African American to win an individual gold medal - Edward Orval Gourdin.
First African-American to win a silver medal.
Retired from the National Guard as a Brigadier General - A First in the State of Massachusetts.
By National Elections appointed President of the l964 Olympic Committee.
On May 1, 1997 a portrait of Edward Orval Gourdin was unveiled in the Great Hall of the Suffolk Superior Court House in Boston, Massachusetts. Gourdin would have been 100 years old that year.
Gourdin was the first African American appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court. The portrait of Gourdin was painted by Weston's Robert T. Freeman an renowned artist and teacher from Ghana who was a visiting scholar and art teacher at Harvard University.
Above are the reasons for stating that Edward Orval Gourdin was A Great Harvard Scholar, Athlete, Soldier & Judge!
Submitted by William David Tatum, a Nephew.