John Augustus Hartwell, better known by his nickname “Josh”, was one of Yale’s more noteworthy athletes. Hartwell played at the end position on the varsity football teams of 1889, 1890 and 1891, being named an All-American in 1891. A prominent oarsman, he rowed in 1888, 1889 and 1890 all at the #4 position, and in 1892, while captaining the varsity, and as a senior in the Medical School, at the #6 position. He did not row in 1891.
Hartwell Entered Yale as a freshman in 1886 at 16 years of age, a member of the class of ’89s. He subsequently graduated Yale Medical School with his M.D. in 1893. For roughly four decades he practiced and taught surgery (mainly associated with Cornell Medical School), his experience and credentials second to none, and during WWI was a major in the Medical Corps serving in Europe.
Hartwell continued in various capacities after graduating from Yale in coaching and instructing for both their Football and Crew, especially during the 1890s. It was the practice at that time, for many of the graduates who were stars in their respective sports to return to assist in these duties, particularly when looking over candidates for the varsity or preparing for big games and competitions. Hartwell was the head coach for Yale in 1895 (national champions) and had also coached Lehigh in 1892 and was the head football coach for Navy in 1893 and NYU in 1894. The man never rested.
See also blog entries for August 23, 2016 and September 24, 2014.
Oversized 10” x 13” Pach albumin of Sherwood Bissell Ives, ‘93 (L), Captain of the 1893 crew and Josh Hartwell, Captain of the 1892 Crew, “at the fence.”
Close up of Hartwell from the photo above
The Yale Boathouse
Hartwell football cabinet photo, "at the fence"