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date: 04 March 2021

Macfadden, Bernarrlocked

(16 August 1868–12 October 1955)
  • Robert Ernst


Macfadden, Bernarr (16 August 1868–12 October 1955), physical culturist and publisher, was born Bernard Adolphus McFadden near Mill Spring, Missouri, the son of William R. McFadden and Mary Miller, farmers. A weak and sickly boy, he was virtually abandoned after his mother divorced her often drunken and violent husband. Both parents died before he was eleven, his father of alcoholism, his mother of tuberculosis. After serving on an Illinois farm, he worked in a Chicago hotel and in the St. Louis area as delivery boy, clerk, bookkeeper, and farm and construction laborer, and for a short time co-owned a St. Louis laundry....

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