Joseph Atherton Gilman was an All-American football player at Harvard University. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Gilman attended Exeter before enrolling at Harvard. As a freshman, Gilman played on Harvard's freshman football team. In his third year at Harvard, he was declared ineligible due to poor academic performance.[1] He returned to Harvard in 1915 and "came through in a marvelously gritty manner, winning his old position at tackle back and eventually winning the choice on all the leading selections for All-American tackles."[1] Gilman was the first football player from Hawaii to be named as an All-American.[2] In December 1915, as a reward for his "plucky comeback,"[1] Gilman was voted by his teammates as captain of Harvard's 1916 football team.[3] In March 1916, after being selected as captain, Gilman was expelled by Harvard's Administrative Board due to poor academic performance.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Harvard Drops Capt. Gilman and Two Other Football Stars Because of Poor Standing". The Evening Times (Pawtucket). 1916-03-08.
  2. Lyle Brown (1952-08-04). "Sports Quiz". Fresno Bee Republican.
  3. "Chosen Crimson Chief: Gilman Elected Captain of Harvard Football Team". The State. 1915-12-11.
  4. "Harvard Drops Football Stars, Down in Studies: Capt.-Elect Gilman, Enwright and Boles Must Quit College". Boston Morning Journal. 1916-03-08.

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