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Frank Galvin

Frank Galvin, 1915. Originally in newspaper reports and photo taken in 1915, so copyright lapsed through the 95 year copyright rule. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2020, supplied by Joe Meloy.

Frank Galvin, 1915. Originally in newspaper reports and photo taken in 1915, so copyright lapsed through the 95 year copyright rule. JPEG copyright, Richard Jenkins, 2020, supplied by Joe Meloy.

Born:

Nov 1878
New Milford, Connecticut

Died:

04 Dec 1916
Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

0 (1915)

Former bicycle rider, who later turned to racing. He also worked as a boxing manager for Charley Ledoux. Killed in a crash, after previously surviving a big accident when attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 1915. Was of Irish ancestry as his father, Edward, was born in the country in 1856, moving over to the United States in 1870. Edward Galvin had his own farm and before Frank took up racing, he worked on the farm. Frank was Galvin's middle name but it, thus far, is not clear what his first name (initial J) actually was. The most likely assumption due to family history is James. Galvin also appears to have raced in Germany and even Australia before starting his racing career in the US. At the turn of the century, Galvin was one of America's top cyclists, but as well as competing on two wheels and four, he was involved in the early days of aeroplanes too - being, in the wonderful words of the time - a navigator of a flying machine!

Biography last updated 28 May 2020