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John "James" Alcorn Rector

Also Known As: ""Indian""
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, United States
Death: March 10, 1949 (64)
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Elias William Rector and Rosebud Rector
Husband of Viola Rector and <private> Mesch
Brother of Henry Field Rector; Alcorn Rector; Amelia Walton Browning; Jane E. Wooten and Rose Angeline Sallie Phillips Hein

Occupation: Attorney
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About James Rector, Olympian


John "James" Alcorn Rector (June 22, 1884 - March 10, 1949) was an American athlete. He was the first Arkansas athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

James Rector was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was the grandson of Arkansas Civil War governor Henry Massey Rector and Mississippi Reconstruction governor James Alcorn.

He won the silver medal in the 100 metres at the 1908 Summer Olympics, tying the Olympic record for the race (10.8 seconds at the time) during both the qualifying heats and the semifinals. He lost to Reggie Walker in the final, running the race in 10.9 seconds as Walker hit the 10.8 mark for his second time.

Rector was a prominent St. Louis, Missouri lawyer for more than thirty years before retiring in Hot Springs.


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June 22, 1884
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, United States
March 10, 1949
Age 64