Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weighed Five Hundred Pounds

New York, 1895

David Robinson, a resident of East Moriches, is dead. Robinson weighed 500 pounds. For some years he was a whaler and sailed on several ships from Sag Harbor. He was a giant in strength. Though the whalers as a rule were pretty tough characters in those days, it is said Robinson was always more than a match for the roughest of them. It is said that he could lift a dead weight of 2,000 pounds with his neck and shoulders.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, March 15, 1895, p. 1.

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