P. T. Barnum
|Phineas Taylor Barnum|
Phineas Taylor Barnum
photo by Mathew Brady, c.1860
|Born||Phineas Taylor Barnum
July 5, 1810
|Died||April 7, 1891
|Cause of death||Stroke|
|Resting place||Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport|
|Political party||Democratic (1824-54)
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer. He is most remembered for promoting hoaxes and for founding a circus. He suggested the circus setting for Horatio Alger, Jr.'s boys book The Young Acrobat. He introduced Jenny Lind to the American public. Barnum is also widely known for making the famous phrase "There's a sucker born every minute."
His successes may have made him the first "show business" millionaire. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, and for a while a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession."
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- Hoyt, Edwin. 1974. Horatio's Boys. Chilton Book Co. p. 145.
- Kunhardt, Kunhardt & Kunhardt 1995, p. vi