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Barnum, Phineas Taylor

Born: 1810 AD
Died: 1891 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Entertainers

1810 – Phineas Taylor Barnum was born on July 5,in the small Connecticut community of Bethel.

1820-1830 – He worked as a clerk in Brooklyn, ran a fruit and confectionary store back home, and was a lottery agent in Pennsylvania.

1829 – Barnum married Charity Hallett.

1831-1834 – Barnum edited his own newspaper in Danbury, the Herald of Freedom.

1835 – Barnum was once again in New York City, running a grocery store and a boarding house.

1835 – He began his career as a showman with his purchase and exhibition of a blind and almost completely paralyzed African-American slave woman, Joice Heth.

1836-1837 – He took a small circus on a tour throughout the South.

1841 – He purchased Scudder’s American Museum, at Broadway and Ann Street, New York City.

1842 – Barnum made a special hit with the exhibition of Charles Stratton, the celebrated midget "General Tom Thumb".

1843 – Barnum hired the traditional Native American dancer Do-Hum-Me.

1844-1845 – Barnum toured with Charles Stratton in Europe and met with Queen Victoria.

1871 – He established P. T. Barnum’s Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome, a traveling amalgamation of circus.

1891 – Phineas Taylor Barnum died on 7th of April and buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut.