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journalist , gridiron football player

George Stephens, American investments. member University of North Carolina Building Committee; member of national advisory committee, New York World’s Fair, 1939, 40.; Member S.A.R., Sons of Confederate Veterans, North Carolina State Literature and History Association, Sigma Nu, Order of Gimghouls (University of North Carolina); member of council National Economics League.

Background

Stephens, George was born on April 8, 1873 in Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. Son of Addison H. and Lydia (Lambeth) Stephens.

Education

Bachelor of Philisophy, University of North Carolina, 1896.

Career

He caught the first forward pass in the history of the sport. He was later a journalist who also sold insurance and real estate. He was a prominent running back for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team of the He was selected third-team for an all-time Carolina football team of Dr. R. B. Lawson in 1934.

Joel Whitaker selected him first-team for his all-time UNC squad. 1895\r\nIt is thought that the first forward pass in football occurred on October 26, 1895 in a game between Georgia and North Carolina when, out of desperation, the ball was thrown by the North Carolina back Joel Whitaker instead of punted. Stephens caught the ball and ran 70 yards for a touchdown.

He was selected All-Southern. Stephens was much involved in the expansion of \r\nHe was joint president and publisher of the Charlotte Observer and joint owner and publisher of the Asheville Citizen.

Achievements

  • The team won the conference championship in the first season of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Membership

Member University of North Carolina Building Committee. Member of national advisory committee, New York World’s Fair, 1939, 40. Member S.A.R., Sons of Confederate Veterans, North Carolina State Literature and History Association, Sigma Nu, Order of Gimghouls (University of North Carolina).

Member of council National Economics League. Clubs: Pen and Plate, Carolina Motor (director.

Connections

Married Sophie Convere Myers, December 9, 1902. Children: George Myers, Sophie Myers.

father:
Addison H. Stephens

mother:
Lydia (Lambeth) Stephens

spouse:
Sophie Convere Myers

children:
George Myers Stephens

Sophie Myers Stephens