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John Henry

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John Henry
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Real Name

John Henry

First Appearance

1800s American Folklore

Created by

US Folklore


John Henry was an American folk hero famous for winning a race against a steam powered hammer according to some along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in Talcott, West Virginia.. However, John wins only to die with his hammer in his hand. Legends have said he was the strongest man alive and that he was a slave born in Missouri in the 1840s.


  • DC comic book hero Steel was inspired by John Henry.

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