in American National Biography Online
January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Business and Management; Conservation, Preservation, and Care of Artworks; Museums, Libraries, and Information Sciences; US Politics; State and Local Government. 2850 words.
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...