Historic Markers Across Georgia

Paul Anderson 1932-1994 World's Strongest Man

Marker ID: GHM 138-2
Location: At Boy's Home north of Vidalia 1603 McIntosh St (Ga 297)
County: Toombs
Coordinates: N 32° 14.071    W 082° 24.364
  32.23451109    -82.40606737
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMA7B5
Paul Anderson 1932-1994 World's Strongest Man Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


Paul Anderson was born October 17, 1932 in Toccoa and attended Furman University where he began lifting weights. In 1955 he traveled as a goodwill ambassador from the United States to the Soviet Union and there his lifting surpassed many world records. Later that year he won the World Championships. He brought home the gold medal from the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. To date, he was the last American to win a gold medal in the super heavyweight division. On June 12, 1957, he lifted a total of 6,270 pound in a backlit, which was listed in the Guinness Book of World Record as the greatest weight lifted by a human being. Paul Anderson married Clenda Garland in 1961. The Youth Home is a Christian rehabilitation facility for young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one who otherwise might be confined to penal institutions. Paul Anderson became a professional to raise funds through demonstrations and speaking engagements to support the Youth Home. Over 2,000 young men benefited from the home and the unselfish devotion of Georgia`s beloved Paul Anderson before his death August 15, 1994.

GHM 138-2 Georgia Historic Marker 1995

Paul Anderson 1932-1994 World's Strongest Man
Photo by Ken Moser