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  • John Tom Branson (1902 - 2000)
    Ran a circus Links
  • Thomas Sackett/Scott Baldwin (1857 - 1923)
    Thomas Scott Baldwin (June 30, 1854 – May 17, 1923) was a pioneer balloonist and U.S. Army major during World War I. He was the first American to descend from a balloon by parachute. Early car...
  • Courtney Ryley Cooper (1886 - 1940)
    Courtney Ryley Cooper (October 31, 1886 – September 29, 1940) was an American circus performer, publicist and writer. During his career he published over 30 books, many focusing on crime; J. E...
  • Samuel Franklin Cody (1867 - 1913)
    Samuel Franklin Cowdery (later known as Samuel Franklin Cody ) (6 March 1867 – 7 August 1913) was born in Davenport, Iowa, USA. He was an early pioneer of manned flight, most famous for his ...
  • Terrell Jacobs ("The Lion King") (1903 - 1957)
    Terrell Jacobs won fame as the “Lion King,” for his record-setting act involving 52 lions, tigers and leopards in one arena. In a Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey poster of the 1930s, a d...

Circus people are people who owned or were employed by a travelling circus, including performers suchs clowns, acrobats, animal trainers, musicians, and other stunt-oriented artists, as well as circus hands, managers, and accountants.

List of notable circus people

Owners

Sideshow performers

  • Lottie Grant (born Elizabeth Charlotte Stice), American sideshow performer, known for her immense weight
  • General Tom Thumb (born Charles Sherwood Stratton), American sideshow performer, known for his short stature
  • Lobster Boy (born Grady Franklin Stiles), American sideshow performer, known for his deforming condition of ectrodactyly, in which the fingers and toes are fused together to form claw-like extremities

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