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Dr James Naismith

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Mississippi Mills, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Death: November 28, 1939 (78)
Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, United States
Place of Burial: Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Naismith and Margaret Naismith
Husband of Maude Evelyn Naismith and Florence B Naismith
Father of Margaret Mason Stanley; Helen Carolyn Dodd; John Edwin "Jack" Naismith; Maude Ann Dawe and James Sherman Naismith
Brother of Annie M. Naismith and Robert Y. Naismith

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About Dr James Naismith

Sports Figure. He invented the game of Basketball in 1891. Born in rural Ontario, Canada, both his parents died while he was still in grade school and his grandparents and then an uncle were left to care and raise him. Becoming an ordained minister and a medical doctor, he took a job teaching physical education at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. There he created the game of basketball, intending to introduce a game that allowed exercise indoors, by using two peach basket hoops, a soccer ball and 13 simple rules. He later came to the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1898 , filling the dual post of Athletics director and chapel director. He initiated the first collegiate Jayhawks basketball game at the University. Throughout his lifetime he never received any fame or fortune from the sport he created, and only after his passing in 1939 was enormous recognition heaped upon him. For his historic invention, Naismith's name adorns the Basketball Hall of Fame located in downtown, Springfield, Massachusetts. Streets and buildings in Springfield and Lawrence are named in tribute. The sport he invented has evolved into a game that more than 300 million people play worldwide, with professional leagues on every Continent. (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=9" target="_blank Find A Grave)] Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001

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Census Data

  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Lawrence Ward 2, Douglas, Kansas; Roll: T625_531; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 66
    • Household Members Age Relationship
    • James Naismith 58 Head
    • Maude E Naismith 49 Wife
    • Helen C Naismith 22 Daughter
    • John E Naismith 19 Son
    • Maude A Naismith 15 Daughter
    • James S Naismith 6 Son
  • Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1925 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1925_42; Line: 30
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Lawrence Ward 2, Douglas, Kansas; Roll: T625_531; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 66.
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Lawrence Ward 2, Douglas, Kansas; Roll: T624_438; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0066.
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas; Roll: 479; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0058.
  • Year: 1881; Census Place: Ramsay, Lanark North, Ontario; Roll: C_13233; Page: 29; Family No: 120
  • Year: 1871; Census Place: Ramsay, Lanark North, Ontario; Roll: C-10018; Page: 16; Family No: 53
  • Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871 This index to the 1871 Ontario, Canada Census was created by volunteers from the Ontario Genealogical Society from data supplied by Library and Archives Canada.

Missouri, Western District Naturalization Index, 1848-1990 Ancestry.com

Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990 Ancestry.com

Ancestry Family Trees Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.
Ancestry Family Tree http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=56436269&pid...

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Dr James Naismith's Timeline

1861
November 6, 1861
Mississippi Mills, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
1895
July 1, 1895
Massachusetts or Maine
1897
December 21, 1897
Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
1898
1898
Age 36
1900
November 3, 1900
Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, United States
1904
October 24, 1904
Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, United States
1913
May 7, 1913
Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, United States
1930
1930
Age 68
Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, United States