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James McEachern

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames Marshall•McEachern
Used nameJames•McEachern
Born2 June 1881 in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island (CAN)
Died26 April 1969 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Measurements182 cm / 102 kg
AffiliationsOlympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
NOC United States


James McEachern was born on Prince Edward Island in Canada, but his family came to the United States in 1897 and he became a US citizen in 1906. McEachern never won an AAU title, but between 1915 and 1929 finished on the podium nine times in the hammer throw and weight throw. He competed for San Francisco’s Olympic Club and the Caledonian Club. McEachern joined the San Francisco police force in 1908 and that was his lifelong career. He often spent his lunch hours at Richmond Station throwing weights.

Personal Best: HT – 51.46 (168-10) (1921).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Athletics USA James McEachern
Shot Put, Men (Olympic) DNS
56-pound Weight Throw, Men (Olympic) 8 r1/2
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 8 r1/2
1924 Summer Olympics Athletics USA James McEachern
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 6