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Weston, Edward Paysonlocked

(15 March 1839–13 May 1929)
  • John Cumming

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Weston, Edward Payson (15 March 1839–13 May 1929), long-distance walker, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Silas Weston, a merchant, and Maria Gaines, a writer of popular romances. As a child, Weston moved with his family to Boston, where he attended public school. At age fourteen he was employed as a candy, magazine, and newspaper vendor on trains from Boston to Providence; a year later he worked the New York–Fall River Steamship Line. His first recognition as an athlete came in 1861 when he walked from Boston to Washington, D.C., in ten days to attend ...

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