Suggest Edits
 Martin “Farmer” Burns

Photo added by Ron Moody

Martin “Farmer” Burns

  • Birth 15 Feb 1861 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 8 Jan 1937 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Toronto, Clinton County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 8036243

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

Family Members






How famous was Martin “Farmer” Burns?

Current rating:

32 votes

to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Marta Monk
  • Added: 27 Oct 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8036243
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Martin “Farmer” Burns (15 Feb 1861–8 Jan 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8036243, citing Saint James Cemetery, Toronto, Clinton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .