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Sumner Paine

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameSumner•Paine
Used nameSumner•Paine
Born13 May 1868 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died18 April 1904 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
AffiliationsGastinne-Renette Galleries, Paris, FRA
NOC United States


Sumner Paine was descended from the same stock as his brother, John, which in addition to their yachtsman/father, included Robert Treat Paine, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Sumner attended Harvard briefly in the 1890s, but finished up at the University of Colorado Medical School, where he earned an M.D. He never practiced, however, leaving immediately to work in Paris as a gunsmith. When John Paine arrived in 1896 to take Sumner to Athens, Sumner immediately rounded up a stock of the best pistols he had, and 3,500 rounds of ammunition - more than enough, as they used up only 96 rounds. In Athens, Sumner lost the military pistol event to his brother, but with John not entering the free pistol match, Sumner won easily.

In 1901, Paine went home and found his wife in bed with his daughter’s music teacher. Paine shot at him four times, each time missing. He was jailed and charged with assault until the police realized he had to have missed on purpose, and he was released. Paine died early, at age 35, due to pneumonia.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1896 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Sumner Paine
Free Pistol, 30 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Military Pistol, 25 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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