Bill Orthwein

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Robert "Bill"•Orthwein
Used nameBill•Orthwein
Born16 October 1881 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
Died2 October 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
AffiliationsMissouri AC, St. Louis (USA)
NOC United States


Bill Orthwein was the first of many Yale graduates to win an Olympic swimming medal. At the 1904 Olympics he represented the Missouri AC and, in addition to his relay medal, he placed fourth in the 100m freestyle. Orthwein later attended Washington University Law School and became a prominent attorney in St. Louis. He also entered politics, once running for governor of Missouri, although he was defeated in that attempt. His son, William Orthwein, Jr., was an owner of the New England Patriots in the early 1990s.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Bill Orthwein
50 yards Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
4 × 50 yards Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Missouri Athletic Club 3 Bronze
100 yards Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 4
Water Polo (Aquatics) USA Bill Orthwein
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Missouri Athletic Club 3 Bronze