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George S. Stillman
Biographical details
Born(1879-12-13)December 13, 1879
Brookline, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 15, 1907(1907-03-15) (aged 27)
New York, New York
Playing career
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1901)
All-American, 1899
All-American, 1900

George Schley Stillman (December 13, 1879 – March 15, 1907) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Yale University where he was selected as a first-team All-American at the tackle position in both 1899 and 1900. Stillman coached the 1901 Yale football team to a record of 11–1–1. The team was later recognized as a national champion by Parke H. Davis. Stillman died at age 27 after contracting typhoid fever.

Early years

Stillman was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, in December 1879. He was the son of Joseph F. Stillman, a sugar refiner, and Eliza M. (Schley) Stillman.[1][2] He attended preparatory school at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and moved with his family to New York City in 1898.[1]


Stillman subsequently enrolled at Yale University. While attending Yale, he played for the Yale Bulldogs football team from 1898 to 1900. He played at the tackle position for Yale and was selected as a first-team All-American in 1899 and 1900. He received the first-team All-American honors each year from Walter Camp for Collier's Weekly and from Leslie's Weekly.[3][4][5] Stillman was one of the leaders of the 1900 Yale team that finished its season with a perfect 13–0 record, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 336 to 10.[6][7] After Yale ended its season with a 28–0 victory over Harvard, The New York Times wrote that the 1900 Yale team "was without question the strongest team that has been on the field since the Princeton team of 1889."[8]

Stillman was also a member of Yale's track team and rowed for Yale's varsity crew.[1]

After graduating from Yale in 1901, Stillman returned in the fall of 1901 as the head coach of Yale's football team. He led the team to a record of 11–1–1 in his one season as head coach.[9]

During the period from 1899 to 1912, Yale had 14 different head football coaches in 14 years – despite compiling a combined record of 127–11–10 in those years.[10] During that 14-year span, the Yale football team has also been recognized as the national championship team by one or more of the major national championship selectors on seven occasions – 1900 (Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke Davis), 1901 (Parke Davis), 1902 (Parke Davis), 1905 (Parke Davis, Whitney), 1906 (Billingsley, Parke Davis, Whitney), 1907 (Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke Davis, Whitney), and 1909 (Billingsley, Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke Davis).[11]

Later years

Stillman subsequently entered the banking business, first with the Ladenburg, Thalmann & Co., and then as a founding member of Rosen, Stillman & Co. in New York.[1][12][13] In April 1906, he married Estelle Barbour of Detroit, Michigan, at New York's Fort Street Presbyterian Church.[14] He contracted typhoid fever in June 1906, which later developed into meningitis. He died in March 1907 at age 27.[13][15]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Yale Bulldogs (Independent) (1901)
1901 Yale 11–1–1
Yale: 11–1–1
Total: 11–1–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased from June, 1900, to June, 1910. The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co.. 1910. pp. 780–781.
  2. Census entry for Joseph Stillman and family. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 548; Family History Film: 1254548; Page: 412A; Enumeration District: 510; Image: 0105.
  3. "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on December 18, 2007.
  4. "All-America Addendum – Part 2". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008.
  5. "Walter Camp's 1900 All America Selections". Capital Times. November 23, 1930.
  6. "Yale Yearly Results: 1900–1904". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012.
  7. "Banquet to Football Champions". The New York Times. December 11, 1900.
  8. "Yale Football Champions of 1900". The New York Times. November 25, 1900.
  9. "Yale 1901 Football Team". College Football Data Warehouse.
  10. "Yale Year-by-Year Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011.
  11. Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 78. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  12. "The Financial Situation". The New York Times. March 5, 1906.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "George Schley Stillman". The New York Times. March 16, 1907.
  14. "Stillan-Barbour Wedding: New Yorker Leads Detroit Girl to the Altar". The New York Times. April 25, 1906.
  15. "GEORGE S. STILLMAN DEAD: End Comes Before Year of Married Life". Detroit Free Press. March 17, 1907.