Edward Payson Weston (1839-1929) was a North American walker, who was largely responsible for the rise in popularity of the sport in the 1860s and 1870s. Weston broke several Across World Records: Across USA (1909 and 1910), Across New York-California (1909), Across California-New York (1910), etc.
As a teenager, Edward Payson Weston published books about his father's trips to the California Gold Rush and to the Azores, and he also published a novel written by his mother Maria Gaines in 1859.
He first received attention as a notable walker in 1861, when he walked 478 miles (769 km) from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. in 10 days and 10 hours.
In 1867, Weston walked from Portland, Maine to Chicago, Illinois covering over 1.200 miles (2.134 km) in 25 days.
In 1869, he walked 1.058 miles (1.703 km) through snow-covered New England in 30 days.
In 1874, Weston walked 500 miles in 6 days.
In 1907, at the age of 68, Weston repeated his Portland to Chicago walk of 1867, beating his own time by over 24 hours.
In 1909, he walked 3.895 miles (6.268 km), from New York to San Francisco, California in 121 days.
In 1910, he walked 3.500 miles (5.632 km), from Santa Monica, Los Angeles to New York, in 90 days.
His last great journey was in 1913, when he walked 1.546 miles (2.488 km) from New York to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 51 days.
Edward Payson Weston was severely injured when he was struck by a New York City taxicab in 1927, and never walked again. He died in his sleep two years later.
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