George Brosius

George Brosius (September 9, 1839March 17, 1920) was a German-American gymnastics teacher associated from 1854 to 1915 with the Milwaukee Turnverein. He served in the Union Army from 1861 to 1864. He introduced physical education to the Milwaukee public schools in 1875 and supervised it until 1883. His crowning achievement was leading seven members of the Milwaukee Turnverein to the international gymnastics tournament in Frankfurt am Main in 1880, where they won the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 13th, and 21st individual prizes. He served as director of the American Gymnastic Union's Normal College of Physical Education in Milwaukee from 1875 to 1899.


File:George Brosius 1863.jpg|Lieutenant George Brosius, 1863 File:George Brosius 1865.jpg|Brosius as a gymnast, 1865 File:George Brosius 1890.jpg|Brosius as a teacher, 1890 File:George Brosius 1888.jpg|Brosius with his family, 1888 File:Milwaukee Turnverein 1866.jpg|With acrobatic gymnasts of the Milwaukee Turnverein, 1866 File:Milwaukee Gymnasium 1869.jpg|With the first team of the Milwaukee gymnasium, 1869 File:Milwaukee Turners 1880.jpg|With prize-winning Milwaukee gymnasts, 1880 File:Milwaukee Turners in 1880.jpg|The Milwaukee team that won 5 medals at Germany's Fifth National Turnfest, 1880 File:Bundesturnfest Milwaukee 1893.jpg|3,000 gymnasts directed by Brosius, 1893 File:Milwaukee Turners 1900.jpg|With Milwaukee gymnasts, 1900 File:Turnverein Milwaukee 1905.jpg|With Milwaukee gymnasts, 1905 File:Turnverein Milwaukee 1909.jpg|With Milwaukee gymnasts, 1909


  • Brosius, George. [ Fifty Years Devoted to the Cause of Physical Culture, 1864-1914] (Milwaukee: Germania Publishing, 1914).