Charles A. Chase

Charles Amherst Chase (January 10, 1864 – January 27, 1937) was an American tennis player active in the late 19th century.[3]

Charles A. Chase
Country (sports) United States
BornJanuary 10, 1864[1]
Lake View, Chicago, Illinois[2]
DiedJanuary 27, 1937(1937-01-27) (aged 73)
Superior, Wisconsin
Turned pro1886 (amateur tour)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeAmherst College
Grand Slam Singles results
US OpenSF (1886)

A native of Chicago, he was the son of lawyer Samuel Blanchard Chase and Emma Thompson Chase, and the grandson of Milwaukee Mayor Horace Chase. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Amherst Thompson. He attended Lake View High School, Amherst College in Massachusetts and Northwestern University Law School in Illinois.[4]

He was a top-notch baseball player at one point, catching pitches from the great Bob Caruthers, but gave it up to pursue tennis.[3] He did not start playing the game until age 16, when he first saw a tennis outfit. He had never heard of the sport, but he and his brothers learned to play.[5]

He was noticeably slight in his build, weighing only 110 pounds (50 kg). In 1884, he won his first of five Western Championship titles. In 1885, he took second at the intercollegiate national championships, losing the final to Wallace P. Knapp of Yale.[5] Chase reached the semifinals of the U.S. National Championships in 1886, and the quarterfinals in 1889 and 1890. In 1888, he won the Newcastle Wright & Ditson Tournament.

He moved to Superior, Wisconsin in 1893, and married Nelly Green the next year. After practicing law in Chicago, he became a prominent banker in Superior, where he was president of the Bank of Commerce for 30 years.[6][7]

He was also very fond of golf, and was credited with introducing the sport to Superior, where he first played in vacant lots. He died in 1937.[3]


  1. ^ "The Classes". Amherst Graduates' Quarterly: 245. 1937. Charles A. Chase was born in Chicago on Jan. 10, 1864. ... Mr. Chase in his youth won a name as a tennis player, and in 1884 won the Western championship.
  2. ^ Crowell, Edward Payson; Biscoe, Walter Stanley (1901). Biographical Record of the Alumni of Amherst College ... 1821-[1896]: 1871-1896. Amherst College. p. 291. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Superior Banker and Former Athlete Dies". Stevens Point Journal. Stevens Point, Wisconsin. January 28, 1937. p. 3.
  4. ^ Chapman, George Thomas (1867). Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College: From the First Graduation in 1771 to the Present Time, with a Brief History of the Institution. Riverside Press. p. 347. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Tennis Winners. Mr. Charles Amhearst Chase". The Sunday Leader. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. August 19, 1888. p. 3.
  6. ^ Who's Who in Finance, Banking, and Insurance. Who's Who in Finance, Incorporated (N.Y.). 1922. p. 129. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ The Sixth Decennial Catalogue. Chi Psi. 1902. p. 422. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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