Harry Sears

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHarry Edward•Sears
Used nameHarry•Sears
Born11 May 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died19 October 1920 in Beverly, Massachusetts (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Harry Sears attended Boston Latin school and later Harvard College, graduating in 1893. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1896 and eventually took up a practice on the North Shore of Massachusetts. He served as a physician in the Spanish-American War, reaching the rank of lieutenant-colonel. He was then on the staff of Beverly Hospital for 20 years, serving as medical examiner for the Beverly region. In 1920 Sears suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized for several months. His wife then sustained a serious illness, and on the day of her surgery, Harry Sears went to his medical office and took his own life by shooting himself through the heart.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Harry Sears
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
Dueling Pistol, 30 metres, Men (Olympic) 21


Originally listed incorrectly as Henry Francis Sears, also a doctor born in Boston at about the same time, but were later contacted by relatives of the correct Harry Edward Sears.