John Hallowell
Date of birth: c. 1882
Date of death: January 5, 1927 (aged 44–45)
Place of death: Boston, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s): End
College: Harvard University

John White "Jack" Hallowell (c. 1882 – January 5, 1927) was an American football player and businessman. He played college football at Harvard University and was a consensus All-American at the end position in 1900.


Hallowell attended preparatory school at the Hopkinson School. He enrolled at Harvard University as part of the Class of 1901.[1] He played college football for the Harvard Crimson football team from 1898 to 1900. He was a consensus All-American in both 1898 and 1900 while playing at the end position for the Harvard Crimson football team.[2] He was a hurdler and captain of the track team and president of the Associated Harvard Clubs while attending Harvard.[3][1] At Harvard, he was also a member of the Porcelian Club, the Delta Phi Club, the Hasty Pudding, the Dickey, and the Institute of 1770.[1]

Later yearsEdit

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After graduating from Harvard in 1901, Hallowell was a businessman with the firm of Stone & Webster in Boston. During and after World War I, he served as an assistant to Herbert Hoover in the United States Food Administration in Belgium and other parts of Europe.[3][4][5] In 1918, Hallowell was decorated by King Albert of Belgium of his efforts during the war.[6]

Hallowell died in January 1927 from typhoid fever.[3][7] Hallowell's funeral was attended by Herbert Hoover, members of the Harvard Corporation and members of the Harvard overseers.[8] After his death, The Harvard Crimson paid tribute to Hallowell: "Very rarely men arise with the genius for distinguished public service untouched by the ambition for public recognition. Such a man was John White Hallowell '01. His death in the very midst of manifold activities in the service of Harvard and the nation is a great personal loss. It is, however, the peculiar good fortune of humanity that the work and influence of a man blessed with purity of motives, strength of purpose, and clarity of vision, remain and grow stronger after he has passed away."[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Chose Hallowell Unanimously: Football Player and Hurdler Elected Captain of the Harvard Track Team". Boston Evening Transcript. June 1, 1900.,4094388&dq=john-white-hallowell&hl=en.
  2. "Award Winners". NCAA. 2012. pp. 2-4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "John W. Hallowell: Head of Associated Harvard Clubs and Former Athlete Dies". The New York Times. January 6, 1927.
  4. "German Prisoners To Work In Belgium: Hoover to Aid in Reconstruction as Well as in Supplying Food". The New York Times. November 12, 1918.
  5. "Belgium's Present Needs Emphasized: Minister in United States Points Out Problems to Be Met Before Collections Can Possibly Be Made From Germany Mr. Hoover to Sail Food Administrator Going to Europe at President's Request". The Christian Science Monitor: p. 4. November 15, 1918.'S+PRESENT+NEEDS+EMPHASIZED&pqatl=google.
  6. "Hallowell, Hoover Aid in War, Dead". The Milwaukee Sentinel. January 6, 1927.,3013168&dq=hallowell+harvard+hoover&hl=en.
  7. "John W. Hallowell Vicitim of Typhoid: Ex-Harvard Athlete, Prominent in Business and in War Work For Belgian Relief". Boston Daily Globe: p. 1. January 6, 1927.
  8. "Hoover at Funeral of John Hallowell: Harvard Men Pay Tribute to Prominent Graduate". Boston Daily Globe: p. 20. January 8, 1927.
  9. "John White Hallowell". The Harvard Crimson. January 6, 1927.

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