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Bruce Griffith

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Bruce Griffith
Biographical details
Born(1867-10-28)October 28, 1867
Pavia, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 13, 1956(1956-02-13) (aged 88)
Topeka, Kansas
Playing career
1889–1892Franklin & Marshall
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1891–1892Franklin & Marshall
Head coaching record

Bruce Griffith (October 28, 1867 – February 13, 1956) was an American college football player and coach, missionary, and postmaster. He served as the captain of the Franklin & Marshall College football team in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1891 to 1892, during a period of time when the captain also served as the team's head coach.[1] Griffith led the school to a record of 6–7.[2]

Griffith was born on October 28, 1867, in Pavia Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He attended Franklin & Marshall College, where he trained for the seminary and played football as an end.[3] He moved to Wichita, Kansas in the 1890s, serving there as a missionary pastor for the Reformed Church before working in the insurance business with Aetna. In the early 1900s, Griffith was commissioned in the Kansas National Guard, achieving the rank of colonel. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant colonel with the 130th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Sill. U.S. President Herbert Hoover appointed Griffith as postmaster of Wichita, an office he held for four years. Griffith died on February 13, 1956, at Winters U.S. Veterans Hospital, in Topeka, Kansas.[4][5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Franklin & Marshall (Independent) (1891–1892)
1891 Franklin & Marshall 2–4
1892 Franklin & Marshall 4–3
Franklin & Marshall: 6–7
Total: 6–7


  1. Kirchner, George (November 17, 1951). "Holman leads 27 F&M coaches in Gettysburg Grid series which started in 1890". Lancaster New Era. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. p. 11. Retrieved May 16, 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  2. DeLassus, David. "Franklin & Marshall Coaching Records". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on November 21, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "He Knew Football When It Was In Swaddling Clothes". The Wichita Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. December 6, 1931. p. 24. Retrieved May 3, 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  4. "Bruce Griffith, Ex-postmaster, Dies in Topeka". Evening Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. February 14, 1956. p. 1. Retrieved May 3, 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  5. "Death Takes Ex-postmaster (continued)". Evening Eagle. Wichita, Kansas. February 14, 1956. p. 12. Retrieved May 3, 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.

External links[edit]

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