Edward Payson Weston

PA 43 A PA 43 B

 

 

As staged as this image might appear to be, this is not a publicity shot from a theatrical production.  Edward Payson Weston was a champion walker, a master pedestrian, who walked incredible distances around and across the United States.  His career began with a lost bet on the outcome of the 1860 presidential election.  In the event that Stephen Douglas was outvoted, Weston had said he would walk to Lincoln's inauguration in Washington...  from Boston.  

 

 

 

 

C.R. Fredricks studio in lower Manhattan competed with Matthew Brady for the celebrity trade.  This image was copyrighted in 1867.

Edward Payson Weston