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Author photo. "Barnum and Commodore Nut", photo by Charles DeForest Fredricks<br>Courtesy of the <a href="http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?120357">NYPL Digital Gallery</a><br>(image use requires permission from the New York Public Library)

"Barnum and Commodore Nut", photo by Charles DeForest Fredricks
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P.T. Barnum was a 19th Century American showman and circus promoter, best known for founding the first modern three-ring circus, which eventually became the largest and most important circus in the world, the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Barnum purchased Scudder's American Museum in New York in 1841, and built it into one of the most successful operations in the US. Famous people he introduced to the American public included Charles Strattan, the famous midget known as “General Tom Thumb”; soprano Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale”; and Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese" (conjoined) twins.
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