|Full name||Thomas Jackson Charlton Jr.|
|Born||July 12, 1934 (age 84)|
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Thomas Jackson "Tom" Charlton Jr. (born July 12, 1934) is an American competition rower and Olympic champion.
Rowing, often referred to as crew in the United States, is a sport whose origins reach back to Ancient Egyptian times. It involves propelling a boat on water using oars. By pushing against the water with an oar, a force is generated to move the boat. The sport can be either recreational for enjoyment or fitness, or competitive, when athletes race against each other in boats. There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell to an eight-person shell with a coxswain.
Born in Savannah, Georgia,he won a gold medal in eights with the American team at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. The eight rowers were Yale undergraduates. Charlton was a member of the Class of 1956.
Savannah is the oldest city in the U.S. state of Georgia and is the county seat of Chatham County. Established in 1733 on the Savannah River, the city of Savannah became the British colonial capital of the Province of Georgia and later the first state capital of Georgia. A strategic port city in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War, Savannah is today an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport. It is Georgia's fifth-largest city, with a 2017 estimated population of 146,444. The Savannah metropolitan area, Georgia's third-largest, had an estimated population of 387,543 in 2017.
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