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Leon Schoonmaker

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLeon Monroe•Schoonmaker
Used nameLeon•Schoonmaker
Born27 March 1882 in Singac, New Jersey (USA)
Died30 May 1950 in Queens, New York, New York (USA)
Measurements174 cm
AffiliationsFencers Club, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Leon Schoonmaker competed in both foil and épée at the 1920 Antwerpen Olympics. He represented the Fencers Club of New York and served as a President of the Amateur Fencers League of America. Schoonmaker was a descendant of Captain Hendrick Jochemsen Schoonmaker, who commanded a Dutch West Indies company vessel that landed at New Amsterdam in 1652.

Schoonmaker attended the Montclair Military Academy and then graduated from Princeton in 1903 with a degree in chemical engineering. In 1911 he began work with the Topological Bureau in Queens, New York. During World War I he served in France as a captain in the Engineers Corps, and he later became a major in the Engineers Reserve Corps.

From 1928-31 Schoonmaker was an engineering consultant to the Long Island Chamber of Commerce. In 1931 he joined the Queens Planning Commission and designed a number of highways in Queens, including Horace Harding Boulevard.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing USA Leon Schoonmaker
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p8 r1/3
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 9 p9 r1/4


First name not Leonard.