PT Barnum

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Date of Birth July 5, 1810
Place of Birth Bethel, Connecticut
Date of Death Apr 7, 1891 (80)
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P. T. Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum was an American showman, politician, and businessman, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was also an author, publisher, and philanthropist, though he said of himself: "I am a showman by profession... and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me". According to his critics, his personal aim was "to put money in his own coffers." He is widely credited with coining the adage "There's a sucker born every minute", although no proof can be found of him saying this. Barnum became a small business owner in his early twenties and founded a weekly newspaper before moving to New York City in 1834. He embarked on an entertainment career, first with a variety troupe called "Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theater", and soon after by purchasing Scudder's American Museum which he renamed after himself.

Born: Phineas Taylor Barnum, July 5, 1810, Bethel, Connecticut, U.S.
Died: April 7, 1891, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
Resting place: Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport
Political party: Democratic (1824–1854), Republican (1854–1891)
Children: 4
Occupation: Showman, entrepreneur (entertainment as founder and promotor), politician, author, publisher, philanthropist

About PT Barnum

Legendary showman and prankster who founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Earlier in his career, he ran a museum which he used to display hoaxes and human curiosities such as General Tom Thumb and Commodore Nutt.

PT Barnum Before Fame

He founded a local weekly newspaper and other small businesses in his early years. In 1842, he introduced his first major hoax, a creature with the head of a monkey and the tail of a fish, known as the "Feejee" mermaid.

Achievement of PT Barnum

He served two terms in the Connecticut legislature in 1865 as a Republican for Fairfield and strongly supported the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery.

PT Barnum Family Life

He married Charity Hallet at age 19. He had three children. His father Philo was an inn keeper, tailor and store-keeper.

Associations of PT Barnum

He tried to buy William Shakespeare's home.

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  • Burials at Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport
  • Mayors of Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Members of the Universalist Church of America
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • American entertainment industry businesspeople
  • Connecticut Republicans
  • Connecticut Democrats
  • 19th-century American people
  • Members of the Connecticut House of Representatives
  • American abolitionists
  • American slave owners
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