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Barnum, P. T.

James Ross Moore

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780195082098
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1800059
Barnum, P. T.

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Barnum, P. T. (05 July 1810–07 April 1891), showman, was born Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel, Connecticut, the son of Philo F. Barnum, a farmer and storekeeper, and Irena Taylor. While attending public school in Bethel, Barnum peddled candy and gingerbread. He later wrote that he had always been interested in arithmetic and money....

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Subjects: Performing Arts ; Business and Management ; Conservation, Restoration, and Care of Artworks ; Museums, Libraries, and Information Sciences ; US Politics ; State and Local Government

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