Matthew Webb

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Birthday
19, 1848
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 24, 1883 (35)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
19, 1848
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 24, 1883 (35)

About

Swimmer who on August 25, 1875 became the first documented person to swim the English Channel without artificial aid.

Before Fame

He was second mate on a ship, and won the Stanhope Medal for heroically jumping in the ocean in an attempt to save a drowning crew member.

Trivia

Swimming the English Channel brought him great fame, which he used to publish a book, titled "The Art of Swimming."

Family Life

He married Madeline Kate Chaddock on April 27, 1880, and had two children, Helen and Matthew with her; they were married until his death.

Associated With

He is the subject of a John Betjeman poem, titled "A Shropshire Lad."