Collection on P. T. Barnum, 1818 -- 2009


This collection has:

10.55 Cubic Feet
1 Artifact(s)
63 Digital Object(s)

Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum (1810-1891) was born in Bethel, Connecticut on July 5, 1810. He held a series of diverse jobs as a youth, including selling theater tickets. In 1835 Barnum exhibited Joice Heth, an old black woman he claimed to be the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington, at Niblo's Gardens in New York City. He then became head of a traveling company of performers, acrobats, freaks, and wild animals.

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