James Thorpe was born in 1887 and died in 1953. He was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. As member of the Native American Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States. He won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, and played professional football, professional baseball, and basketball. Thorpe received various accolades for his athletic accomplishments. He was named him the “greatest athlete” from the first 50 years of the 20th century, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him as part of its inaugural class in 1963. A Pennsylvania town was named in his honor and a monument site there is the site of his remains.