Charles O. Gill
Biographical details
Born(1868-03-04)March 4, 1868
Walpole, Massachusetts
DiedJune 2, 1959(1959-06-02) (aged 91)
Waterford, Vermont
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
All-American (1889)

Charles Otis Gill (March 4, 1868[1] – June 2, 1959)[2] was an American Congregationalist clergyman. With Gifford Pinchot he co-authored two influential books on the state of rural churches in the United States.

Gill played American football for Yale University from 1885 to 1889.[3] He was Captain of the Yale team and was on the first College Football All-America Team in 1889.[4]

He was the head coach of the California (1894) and New Hampshire (1908) college football programs.[5]

Early life and college career[edit | edit source]

Born in Walpole, Massachusetts,[2] Gill graduated from Yale in 1889, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[6] He played football at Yale from 1885 to 1889.[2] In 1888 the team went undefeated and was not scored upon.[2] In 1889, Gill was captain of the team under coach Walter Camp and that year Yale scored 665 points while only giving up 31 points to their opponents.[4] That year Caspar Whitney selected Gill and teammates Amos Alonzo Stagg and William Heffelfinger for the first ever College Football All-America Team.

Minister, missionary, author[edit | edit source]

In addition to his accomplishments on the gridiron for Yale, Gill attended the Yale Divinity School from 1889–90, then the Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1892–94, where he received his graduate degree and was ordained as a minister in the Congregational Church on July 25, 1894. He served as pastor of the Westmore, Vermont Congregational Church in 1894 and 1895 and then as a foreign missionary for the Presbyterian Church in Peking, China, in 1895-97. He returned to Vermont and served in East Fairfield, Vermont, 1897–98; Westmore, Vermont, 1898–1902; Jericho, Vermont, 1902–04; West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 1904–06; and Hartland, Vermont from 1906-09. Remaining in Harland he collaborated with his Yale football teammate Gifford Pinchot in writing The Country Church - The Decline Of Its Influence and The Remedy published by Macmillan Company in 1913. This led to his appointment as the Secretary of the Committee on Church & Country Life, Social Service Commission, Federal Council of Churches, in Columbus, Ohio, from 1913 to 1919. In that capacity he wrote a second book with Pinchot, Six Thousand Country Churches, published by MacMillan in 1919. While in Ohio he was also Secretary of the Ohio Rurual Life Association, a member of the Commission on Interchurch Cooperation, and Supervisor of rural church survey work for the Interchurch World Movement.[7]

He returned to Vermont as pastor in Hartland until his retirement in 1929, when he relocated to Waterford, Vermont and took up farming. He remained in Waterford until his death on June 2, 1959.[8][9]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
California Golden Bears (Independent) (1894)
1894 California 0–1–2
California: 0–1–2
New Hampshire Wildcats (Independent) (1908)
1908 New Hampshire 1–7
New Hampshire: 1–7
Total: 1–8–2
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "CHARLES GILL, 91, RETIRED MINISTER". The New York Times. June 3, 1959.
  3. Yale Her Campus Classrooms and Athletics by Walter Camp, L. C. Page and Company, Boston 1899
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Yale Football Story by Tim Cohane, G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York 1951
  5. "Charles O. Gill Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  6. Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The Delta Kappa Epsilon council. 1910. p. 179. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  7. Football Y Men 1872 - 1919, Men of Yale Series Volume I, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT 1962
  8. Union Theological Seminary Alumni Catalogue, 1836-1947
  9. The Country Life Movement and the American Churches, Merwin Swanson,American Society of Church History, 1977 [1]

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