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date: 31 May 2020

Shippen, John locked

(5 Dec. 1879–16 July 1968),
  • Gregory Travis Bond


golfer, was born John Matthew Shippen Jr., in Washington, D.C., one of nine children of John Matthew Shippen Sr. and Eliza (Spotswood) Shippen. In 1888, Shippen's father, a Presbyterian minister, accepted a mission to the Shinnecock Indian Reservation near Southampton, Long Island. Two years after the Shippens arrived, a group of wealthy New Yorkers established the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, one of the first modern golf courses in the United States, and Shippen earned money helping to clear the land. After completion of the eighteen-hole course in 1895, the local professional, a Scotsman named Willie Dunn, employed local youths to caddy for the club's members. Among his hires were Shippen and his friend Oscar Bunn a member of the Shinnecock tribe In their spare time Shippen and Bunn practiced the game under Dunn s tutelage and the two youths proved to be quick ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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