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Edward P. Weston

Edward P. Weston (Pedestrian.  Born, Providence, RI, Mar. 15, 1839; died, Brooklyn, NY, May 12, 1929.)  Starting in 1861, Edward Payson Weston established himself as America’s leading pedestrian and began a fad of competitive walking.  Weston, a one-time copy boy for the Herald, was the first U.S. star of six-day walking competitions and dominated the [...]

Daniel O’Leary

Daniel O’Leary (Pedestrian.  Born, Carrigroe, County Cork, Ireland, June 28, 1842; died, Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 1933.)  A sport that reached its popular apogee in the years following the Civil War, walking, or pedestrianism, saw Daniel O’Leary become the world champion.  O’Leary twice beat Edward Payson Weston in challenge matches and then won the Astley [...]

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