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Martin "Farmer" Burns
Birth: Feb. 15, 1861
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1937
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

Athlete, Professional Wrestler. In his time, "Farmer" Burns wrestled over 6,000 matches in every type of situation from grading camps to circuses and lost only seven. He won the World Wrestling Title in 1895 when he defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis and retained the title until 1897 when he was defeated by Tom Jenkins. He later won and held the light heavyweight title until 1908. He was not only a great athlete, but a creative and smart businessman whose promotional brochures and correspondence course provided the prototype for the many physical, culture, and bodybuilding courses that followed in the US in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He was still wrestling well into his sixties and remained active and in good health until his death at the age of 77. (bio by: Marta Monk) 
 
Burial:
Saint James Cemetery
Toronto
Clinton County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Marta Monk
Record added: Oct 27, 2003
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Martin Farmer Burns
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