James Dwight "Father of American Lawn Tennis"

July 14, 1852
July 13, 1917
Place of Birth:
Paris, France
United States
Induction Category:
Year of Induction:
Highest Ranking
U.S. Singles Ranking: 2

The “Father of American Tennis,” Dr. Dwight was instrumental in establishing tennis as an authentic competitive sport in the United States. A member of the first USNLTA Executive Committee, he was President of the fledgling organization from 1882-1884, and again from 1894 to 1911. And yet, he was a highly respectable player as well, winning the U.S. Doubles Championships on five occasions, and he served ably as Referee at the U.S.

Grand Slam Record

US National Championship

  • Doubles Champion 1882-84, 1886-87


  • USLTA President 1882-84, 1894-1911