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    Washington, PA 15301
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Charles West/Washington and Jefferson College

Brief History

Charles West graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1924. He was named the "The New American Pentathlon Champion" when he participated in the Penn Relay Carnival in Philadelphia. A talented athlete, he was the first African American to play in the Rose Bowl Game, when he played quarterback in a game against the University of California on January 2, 1922. He attended medical school after graduation.