Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) is one of the most colorful and well known personalities in American history. A consummate showman and entrepreneur, Barnum was famous for bringing both high and low culture to all of America. From the dulcet tones of opera singer Jenny Lind "The Swedish Nightingale" to the bizarre hoax of the Feejee Mermaid, from the clever and quite dimunitive General Tom Thumb to Jumbo the Elephant, Barnum's oddities, spectacles, galas, extravaganzas, and events tickled the fancies, hearts, minds and imaginations of Americans of all ages.
Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891, entertainer and circus promoter.
Is housed in Barnum's last great architectural project, at 820 Main Street in downtown Bridgeport CT. The Museum features special exhibits about Barnum, as well as a comprehensive look at his life in and out of the circus. One of the most interesting exhibits is a miniature recreation of Barnum's circus. The model circus contains over 3000 figures and is over 50 years old.
Barnum, Phineas Taylor [1810-1891]: Self-proclaimed "Prince of Humbugs"
An extensive collection of links about Barnum by Rod Davis, a distant relative. Davis suggests a distant relationship with General Tom Thumb.
Encyclopedia Britannica Article on Barnum
A brief biography of Barnum from theatrehistory.com. This article was originally published in Encyclopedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, Volume III. Anonymous. Cambridge: University Press, 1910. p. 417.
Meet P.T. Barnum-- The Shakespeare of Advertising
This website explores the life of America's greatest showman, Phineas Taylor Barnum. Learn more about the larger-than-life impresario, and find out about a new show that brings Barnum to life, as portrayed by noted clown and actor Adam G. Gertsacov.
P. T. Barnum - People of Connecticut
Vintage photo, vital statistics and biographical information.
Phineas T. Barnum
Biographical sketch, portrait, tomb photographs from Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, Connecticut from Find A Grave. Includes map and interactive visitor comments.
N.Y. Times Obituary of Barnum (April 7, 1891)
Read the obituary of P.T. Barnum as printed in the New York Times, April 7, 1891 (registration may be required) (April 07, 1891)
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