Charles Tatham

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles•Tatham
Used nameCharles•Tatham
Born3 September 1854 in New York, New York (USA)
Died24 September 1939 in Manhattan, New York, New York (USA)
Measurements180 cm
AffiliationsFencers Club, New York (USA)
NOC United States


For many years, the 1904 Olympic accomplishments of Charles Tatham were considered to have been done as a Cuban citizen, as the Olympic records listed him as Cuban. In fact, Tatham came from an old family with roots in New York and Philadelphia. His grandfather, Benjamin Tatham, founded the lead manufacturing concern in Philadelphia, Tatham Bros., for which Charles Tatham worked his entire business life. Tatham won the AFLA national title in épée individual for three consecutive years from 1901, the first of only three fencers to accomplish this feat. In 1901 he won the foil individual as well. Tatham was the long-time treasurer of the New York Fencer’s Club and was a member of their national championship épée team in 1908.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Fencing USA Charles Tatham
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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