Edward C. Stickley is the strongest man you’ve never heard of. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 22, 1860, Stickley had a frail childhood and on the advice of his family physician, took up farming to build his constitution. At his own amusement, he commenced dumbbell exercise shortly after, and at the end of the first year, had experienced a dramatic increase bodily strength and muscle. This improvement was so dramatic, that in 1880, he turned professional.
Stickley held records for lifting heavy and light weights, among them: on May 30th, 1885, he “put up” a four pound dumbbell 6000 times in 57 minutes in Lynn, Massachusetts… on August 2nd, 1891, in White Mountains, New Hampshire, he lifted a 250 pound dumbbell and held it aloft for 42 seconds. Stickney was also famous for breaking horse shoes with his bare hands.