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Jesse R. Langley
Biographical details
Born(1877-07-23)July 23, 1877
DiedDecember 5, 1933(1933-12-05) (aged 56)\
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

Jesse Raymond Langley (July 23, 1877 – December 5, 1933) was an American football player and coach, patent attorney, and U.S. Army officer. He played football for the University of Michigan from 1904 to 1907. He was the head football coach at Texas Christian University from 1908 to 1909.

Langley was born in Kansas and raised in Oklahoma. At the time of the 1900 United States Census, he was living with his parents, Franklin and Charlotte Langley, on the family's farm in Woods County, Oklahoma.[1] Before attending the University of Michigan, Lanley was a "critic teacher" in the preparatory department of Northwestern Oklahoma Normal School.[2]

Langley received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan in 1908.[3] While attending Michigan, he played football for Fielding H. Yost's Michigan Wolverines football team from 1904 to 1907.

Langley was the head football coach at Texas Christian University from 1908 to 1909. He compiled a record of 11–5–1 in his two seasons as the head coach.[4]

After retiring from football, Langley became a patent attorney. In 1912, he was employed as an assistant examiner at the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C..[3] Langley worked in the patent department at Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co. for 14 years. He later accepted a similar position with Koppers Co., wherehe worked for six years.[5][6]

His career as a patent attorney was interrupted by military service during World War I. He served as a major in the infantry during the war and later held the rank of colonel in the Reserve Corps.[5] During combat at the Golfe de Malancourt in France, he suffered machine gun wounds in both of his legs.[7] According to one account, he had "both of his legs shattered by bullets from a German machine gun."[8]

At the time of the 1930 United States Census, Langley was living in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Margaret L. Langley, and was employed as an attorney in a law office.[9] In December 1933, Langley died at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at age 56.[5]


  1. Census entry for Franklin Langley and family. Jesse R. Langley is listed as the oldest son, born July 1877 in Kansas. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1900; Census Place: Spring, Woods, Oklahoma; Roll: T623_1343; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 235.
  2. Biennial reports of Oklahoma educational institutions, 1902, p. 44.
  3. 3.0 3.1 General Catalogue of Officers and Students, 1837-1931, University of Michigan, 1912, p. 274.
  4. "J.R. Langley Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Col. Jesse R. Langley: Pennsylvania Patent Attorney Had Served in the World War". The New York Times. December 6, 1933.
  6. Engineering World, Vols. 28-29, 1926, p. 353.
  7. A machine gunner's notes, France 1918, by Charles M. DuPuy, pp. 86-87.
  8. To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918, by Edward G. Lengel, p. 100.
  9. Census entry for Jesse R. Langley, age 52, born in Kansas. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1930; Census Place: Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1993; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 871; Image: 177.0.