David Bratton

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDavid Hey•Bratton
Used nameDavid•Bratton
BornOctober 1869 in New York, New York (USA)
Died3 December 1904 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


David Bratton started out as a swimmer for the Knickerbocker Athletic Club in New York, but that club later folded, and he joined the New York Athletic Club. He was known as one of the top swimmers at the New York AC, and was also a top roller skater. Bratton died from typhoid fever only about 3 months after the 1904 St. Louis Olympics. The 1904 Olympic swimming competition took place in an artificial lake that was also used for livestock exhibitions and several of the Olympic swimmers later developed typhoid. When Bratton died, in his honor, the New York AC cancelled a scheduled swim meet.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA David Bratton
50 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
100 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
220 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
440 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
880 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
1 mile Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 50 yards Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) New York Athletic Club #2 4
Plunge For Distance, Men (Olympic) DNS
Water Polo (Aquatics) USA David Bratton
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) New York Athletic Club 1 Gold