SHEET MUSIC – WESTON’S MARCH TO CHICAGO – 1867 -NOTED PEDESTRIAN
Sheet music, 13 ½ x 10 ¼, 5pp complete. Good graphic lithographic cover of Weston. Published by Brainard & Sons, Cleveland, 1867. Edward Payson Weston (1839–1929) was a notable pedestrian, who was largely responsible for the rise in popularity of the sport in the 1860s and 1870s. He first received attention as a notable pedestrian in 1861, when he walked 478 miles from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. in 10 days and 10 hours, from February 22 to March 4. His longest period of uninterrupted sleep was 6 hours, and he usually ate while walking. He arrived in Washington at 5:00 pm, and was strong enough to attend Abraham Lincoln's inaugural ball that evening. The walk was part of the terms of a bet on the 1860 presidential election. The bettor whose candidate lost was to walk to Washington to see the inauguration of the new president. Though Weston lost when he bet against Lincoln, he received newspaper coverage and a congratulatory handshake from the new president, which inspired him to further pedestrian feats. In 1867, Weston walked from Portland, Maine to Chicago, Illinois, covering over 1200 miles in 26 days, winning a prize of $10,000. He gave lectures to crowds of spectators on the health benefits of walking, both during the walk and afterwards. Severral books have been written, including the 2012 novel “A Man in a Hurry. The Extraordinary Life and Times of Edward Payson Weston, the World's Greatest Walker” Several books about Weston ha
From bound volume with bindery marking along spine, small repaired tear bottom, some light avg. use and soiling, overall Fine condition.