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Semp Russ

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSempronius E. "Semp"•Russ
Used nameSemp•Russ
Born16 April 1878 in ?, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana (USA)
Died12 March 1978 in San Antonio, Texas (USA)
NOC United States


Semp Russ attended the University of Texas where he played quarterback on the football team from 1898-1900. He also attended Tulane for a time, but eventually earned a law degree from Texas. He later practiced law but was interested in medicine and established the Semp Russ Foundation which set up an endowment for the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. In tennis, Russ won 15 Texas State Sectional titles, in singles and doubles, and won the Southwestern Championship three times.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Tennis USA Semp Russ
Singles, Men (Olympic) =5
Singles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) =9
Doubles, Men (Olympic) Charles Cresson =5
Doubles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Charles Cresson 2