Nebraska Authors

Martin "Farmer" Burns

Born 1862-02-15 Cedar County, IA (USA)

Died 1937-01-08
Council Bluffs, IA (USA)

Toronto, IA (USA)
St. James Cemetery

American World Wrestling Champion, Burns was born and raised in Iowa. For many years he lived in Omaha while operating a wrestling school there.

Places Lived

Cedar County, IA
Denison, IA
Chicago, IL
Rock Island, IL
Omaha, NE (1901-1935)
Council Bluffs, IA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Wrestling; Sports; Promotions


Farm Hand
Wrestling Coach, Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA

Places Worked

Farmer Burns School of Wrestling, Omaha, NE
Washington High School, Cedar Rapids, IA


Inducted into the International Wrestling Institute and Museum Hall of Fame, 2001
Inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, 2002
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, 2003
Inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, 2017


The Life Work of Farmer Burns, formerly the World's Champion Wrestler, Exponent of Living and Temperate Habits. 1911.
The Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture. 1914.

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