Algernon, Duke of Somerset

Biographical information

TypeIOC member
Full nameAlgernon St. Maur•Seymour
Used nameAlgernon, Duke•of Somerset
Born22 July 1846 in Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, England (GBR)
Died22 October 1923 in Warminster, Wiltshire, England (GBR)
Title(s)Duke of Somerset
NOC Great Britain


Algernon St. Maur Seymour, the Duke of Somerset, had little sporting interest although he was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron. He attended Blundell’s School and the Royal Military Academy, and then spent many years ranching in America before returning home to oversee his estates. Given his minimal interest in sports, he was an unusual choice for the IOC when he was made a member in April 1913, and in the same year he was made Chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA). The Duke of Somerset served on the IOC until 1920 and was chairman of the BOA until 1919, but had minimal duties because of World War I.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Chairman British Olympic Association 1913—1919 GBR Algernon, Duke of Somerset
Member International Olympic Committee 1913—1920 GBR Algernon, Duke of Somerset

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