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Isaac Irving Brokaw

Birthplace: Elberon, New Jersey
Death: Died in West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Place of Burial: Locust Valley, Nassau, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Vail Brokaw and Elvira Tuttle Brokaw
Husband of Lucile Brokaw
Father of Barbara Cushing; Mimi Elvira Brokaw and Lucile Brokaw
Brother of Frederick Brokaw; Howard Crosby Brokaw; George Tuttle Brokaw and Elvira Brokaw

Occupation: Figure skater, artist, lawyer, and financier
Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Isaac Irving Brokaw

985 Fifth Ave & Goose Point & Frost Mill Lodge

Legally changed name to Irving Brokaw, effective March 15, 1895.

6th place in 1908 Olympics men's skating.


Locust Valley Cemetery

Locust Valley

Nassau County

New York, USA

Isaac Irving Brokaw was an American figure skater, artist, lawyer, and financier. He represented the United States at the 1908 Summer Olympics in the figure skating competition, becoming the first American to compete in a sport included in the Winter Olympic program.

Born in New York City, Irving Brokaw—he legally changed his name from Isaac Irving Brokaw—was a son of Isaac Vail Brokaw and Elvira Tuttle Gould. He was a member of a wealthy New York City family, his father having founded the Brokaw Brothers men's clothing stores. His brothers were lawyer and sportsman George Tuttle Brokaw (who's first wife was Clare Booth, later Luce), Howard Crosby Brokaw, and Frederick Brokaw, who drowned at Elberon, New Jersey, while a student at Princeton.

As a figure skater, Brokaw competed in early national championships in the United States that predated the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and won the events in 1906 and 1908. He competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in figure skating, where he placed 6th. The 1908 Olympics were the first Games in which figure skating was contested. Brokaw became the first American to compete in skating, and by extension any Winter Olympic sport, at the Olympic Games.

He was later elected as an honorary president of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, and made large contributions to skating techniques.

Brokaw graduated from New York Law School and 1907, but never practiced law as a profession. He was also a well-known artist, and a member of The Salons of America, an art society, and also of the Huguenot Society.

In the 1910, Brokaw wrote the book "The Art of Skating", which was referred to as the "figure skater's bible" by Time Magazine. In 1976, he was posthumously inducted into the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.


On February 4, 1903, Brokaw married Lucile Nave in St. Joseph. Her family was co-owners of the Nave & McCord Mercantile Company, a chain of wholesale stores in the Midwest. They had three daughters: Barbara (Mrs. Leonard Jarvis Cushing), Mimi (Mrs. Richard Derby Tucker), and Lucile (Mrs. James Duane Pell Bishop). Brokaw died March 19, 1939, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Noted cousins included sportsmen William Gould Brokaw and Clifford Vail Brokaw, their sisters Florence Brokaw, of Martin Hall, (Mrs. James E. Martin, later Mrs. Preston Pope Satterwhite) and Lilla Brokaw (Mrs. H. Bramhall Gilbert, later Mrs. Cyril Patrick William Francis Radclyffe Dugmore).

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Isaac Irving Brokaw's Timeline

March 29, 1870
Elberon, New Jersey
Age 22
December 11, 1903
Age 33
March 12, 1915
Age 44
New York, NY, United States
March 9, 1939
Age 68
West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Locust Valley, Nassau, NY, United States