Hugh Cassidy

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Hugh Cassidy
Truman Hugh Cassidy

(1935-12-31) December 31, 1935 (age 86)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Children4, including Eva Cassidy
Competition record
Representing  United States
AAU World Powerlifting Championships[1]
1st 1971 +110kg
AAU US National Powerlifting Championships[1]
3rd 1970 +110kg
1st 1971 +110kg

Truman Hugh Cassidy (born December 31, 1935),[2] better known as Hugh Cassidy, is an American metal sculptor, jazz musician, and former powerlifter who competed in powerlifting just prior to the formation of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). In 1971, he became U.S. National Powerlifting Champion as well as World Powerlifting Champion at the inaugural Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) World Championships, defeating the young soon-to-be all-time greats Jim Williams and John Kuc in the super heavyweight division.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cassidy was born in San Francisco, California.[2] He is of Irish and Scottish descent.

Powerlifting career[edit]

Cassidy's lifting career was quite short starting in 1965 and ending in 1971. Formerly, he wanted to become an Olympic weightlifter but had problems mastering the necessary technique. Being naturally lean and standing 5-foot-10-inches tall, he knew he had to put on a lot of weight to become a successful powerlifter, so he pushed his bodyweight quickly from 175 to approximately 290 pounds. At his maximum bodyweight he became a world class super heavyweight lifter in the early 1970s and got his nickname "Huge" for his bodyweight and appearance. Cassidy achieved his best performance at the inaugural AAU World Championships with his personal record total of 2160 lbs (800 lbs squat - 570 lbs bench press - 790 lbs deadlift). Within 6 months after his World Championship win he suffered a knee injury, which ended his lifting career.[4]

Powerlifting meet results[edit]

  • 3rd place in the AAU US National Powerlifting Championships 1970, +110 kg (+242 lb) Class (New Orleans, Louisiana)[1]
Squat: 729.95lb, Bench: 539.91lb, Deadlift: 740.09lb---Total: 2009.95lb
  • 1st place in the AAU US National Powerlifting Championships 1971 110 kg (242 lb) Class (Dallas, Texas)[1]
Squat: 760lb, Bench: 520lb, Deadlift: 780lb---Total: 2060lb
  • 1st place in the AAU World Powerlifting Championships 1971 +110 kg (+242 lb) Class (York, Pennsylvania)[1]
Squat: 800lb, Bench: 570lb, Deadlift: 790lb---Total: 2160lb

Personal powerlifting records[edit]

done in official competition[1]

  • Squat: 800 lbs (363 kg)[1] raw with ace-bandage knee wraps without a belt
  • Bench Press: 570 lbs (258.6 kg)[1] raw (with a 2 second pause)
  • Deadlift: 800 lbs (363 kg)[4] raw
  • Powerlifting Total: 2160 lbs (800-570-790) / 979.8  kg (363-258.6-358.2)[1] raw with ace-bandage wraps

Personal life[edit]

Besides being a world class powerlifter, Cassidy was a teacher and a jazz musician as well as a nationally known metal sculptor. In the military he was an army medic. He is married to Barbara Kratzer Cassidy, a German horticulturist. They have four children, including the well-known singer Eva Cassidy, who died at age 33.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hugh Cassidy Powerlifting statistics (incomplete)". Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  2. ^ a b California Birth Index, 1905-1995
  3. ^ "AAU World Powerlifting Championships 1971 (results)". Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  4. ^ a b "Starting Strength Series: Marty Gallagher (interview)". Retrieved 2012-10-10.