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Eleonora Randolph Sears

Death: March 16, 1968 (86)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frederick Richard Sears, Jr. and Eleanora Randolph Sears
Sister of Frederick Richard Sears and Elmira Sears

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About Eleonora Randolph Sears


Eleonora Randolph Sears (September 28, 1881, Boston – March 16, 1968 Palm Beach) was an American tennis player of the interwar period. In addition, she was a champion squash player, and prominent in other sports; she's considered one of the leading all-round women athletes of the first half of the 20th century.


Sears was the daughter of Boston businessman Frederick Richard Sears, a cousin of Henry Cabot Lodge, and a great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson.

She won the women's doubles at the US Women's National Championship four times, including three consecutively (1915–1917). In singles, she was a finalist in 1912, where she was beaten in straight sets by Mary Kendall Browne.

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1968, joining her cousin Richard (inducted 1955).

Eleonora Sears rode horses competitively and was elected to the US Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992. She also owned and raced Thoroughbred horses.[3] She was the first woman to play polo on a men’s team.

Sears was the first female national squash champion, a founder of the Women’s Squash Racquets Association, and coach of the U.S. Women’s International Squash Team.

She gained media attention for her long distance walks and hikes. As well, she was one of the first American women to drive an automobile and fly a plane.

Her habit of wearing trousers, both when competing in sports and in public, was criticized in media and social circles.

Grand Slam finals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleonora_Sears#Grand_Slam_finals http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/eleonora-sears-breaks-in...

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Eleonora Randolph Sears's Timeline

September 28, 1881
March 16, 1968
Age 86