John Eisele

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameJohn Lincoln•Eisele
Used nameJohn•Eisele
Born18 January 1884 in Newark, New Jersey (USA)
Died30 March 1933 in Newark, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


While at Princeton, John Eisele enjoyed only limited success as an athlete. Later, representing the New York AC, he won the AAU 10-mile championship in 1908 and was the leading U.S. distance runner at the Olympics that year. Individually he placed fourth in the three mile team race – the first American to finish – and in the steeplechase he was the only U.S. runner to make the final. After graduating Princeton in 1906, Eisele joined his father’s stock brokerage firm, Eisele & King, in Newark, and did quite well for himself and his family. But the stock market crash affected many lives and Eisele died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Personal Best: 3 miles – 14:41.8 (1908).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Eisele
2 miles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Eisele
5 miles, Men (Olympic) DNS
3,200 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
3 miles, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 2 Silver