James Gordon Bennett Jr.

James Gordon Bennett Jr. (May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918) was publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father, James Gordon Bennett Sr., who emigrated from Scotland. He was generally known as Gordon Bennett to distinguish him from his father.[1] Among his many sports-related accomplishments he organized both the first polo match and the first tennis match in the United States, and he personally won the first trans-oceanic yacht race. He sponsored explorers including Henry Morton Stanley’s trip to Africa to find David Livingstone, and the ill-fated USS Jeannette attempt on the North Pole.

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      James Gordon Bennett Jr.
      May 10th 1841,
      New York City, New York, United States
      May 14th 1918,
      Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
      Baroness de Reuter

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  • Bennett Trophy: International Road Race
    James Gorden Bennett offered up the Prize and the Automobile Club de France organized the International Road Race, 3 national automobile clubs competed for the Prize.
  • Sail Across-the-ocean race
    Across-the-ocean race was held in 1866 from Sandy Hook, CT, USA, to Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, with the sponsorship of the New York Yacht Club.
  • International Airplane Racing
    The first international airplane race was called the Bennett Trophy Race, held at Reims, France, from August 22 to 28, 1909.
  • International Balloon Racing
    The James Gordon Bennett Race, was the first International Balloon Race. It was inaugurated in Paris, France, in 1906.

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