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John Tom Branson (1902 - 2000)

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Thomas Sackett/Scott Baldwin MP (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...

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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...

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Samuel Franklin Cody MP (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 ...

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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...

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Mabel Stark (1889 - 1968)

Mabel Stark, whose real name was Mary Haynie (December 10, 1889 – April 20, 1968) was a renowned tiger trainer of the 1920s and she was referred to as the world's first woman tiger trainer/tam...

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Annie Oakley MP (1860 - 1926)

Sharpshooter. She was born Phoebe Mosey in Darke County, Ohio. She never attended a regular school and was introduced and taught to shoot by her father in the woods around the farm where she lived. D...

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Bird Millman (1890 - 1940)

Bird Millman O’Day (October 20, 1890 – August 5, 1940) was the most celebrated female high-wire performer of all time. During the “Golden Age of the American Circus,” she ...

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Tom Mix MP (1880 - 1940)

See also Along a lonely stretch of desert highway between Florence and Tucson, Arizona is a small oasis with a statue of a sad horse named Toni, Jr. This is the Tom Mix Memorial. Just a couple hundre...

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Lavinia Warren, Little Queen of Beauty (1841 - 1919)

Lavinia Warren (1841 – November 25, 1919) was an American proportionate dwarf and the wife of General Tom Thumb. Early life Warren was born at Middleborough, Massachusetts as Mercy Lavinia...

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Buffalo Bill MP (1846 - 1917)

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the American state of Iowa)...

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Clyde Beatty (1903 - 1965)

Clyde Beatty (June 10, 1903 - July 19, 1965) joined the circus as a cage cleaner as a teen and became famous as a lion tamer and animal trainer. He also became a circus impresario who owned his o...

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Hachaliah Lyman Bailey (1775 - 1845)

Hachaliah Bailey (pronounced heck-a-LIE-uh) (1775–1845) is the eponym of Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia and a relative to several famous individuals involved in early American circuses (having ...

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James Anthony Bailey (1847 - 1906)

James Anthony Bailey (July 4, 1847 – April 11, 1906) was a circus ringmaster. Life and career Orphaned at the age of eight, James Anthony McGuinness was working as a bellhop in Ponti...

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Edmund Newell (1857 - 1915)

Edmund Newell (July 27, 1857 – December 23, 1915), better known as General Grant Jr. or Major Edward Newell, was a 19th century dwarf who gained fame as an associate of P.T. Barnum. He was bor...

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Minnie Warren (1849 - 1878)

Profile photo: pictured with Commodore Nutt Huldah Pierce Warren Bump (June 2, 1849 – July 23, 1878), better known as Minnie Warren, was a 19th century dwarf who gained fame as an associate ...

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Count Primo Magri (1849 - 1920)

Profile photo: Count Primo Magri (left) with Lavinia Warren and Baron Magri (right) in about 1885 Count Primo Magri From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Count Primo Magri (1849-1920) and Count...

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Wallace Fitzgerald Beery (1885 - 1949)

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery was an American actor, known for his portrayal of Bill in Min and Bill opposite Marie Dressler, his titular role in a series of films featuring the character Sweedie, and his t...

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David Strathairn MP

David Russell Strathairn (born January 26, 1949) is an American actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. He has appeared i...

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Mata Hari MP (1876 - 1917)

Mata Hari is Maleis voor 'OOG van de DAGERAAD, ofwel ZON (in Dutch) (in English) google images

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Joseph Elmer Skelton (1880 - 1913)

Joseph Skelton was a grocer; he had once been a clown with the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus.

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Red Skelton MP (1913 - 1997)

A vaudeville and burlesque performer who worked his way up from the bottom of the rung clubs and show boats to play the Paramount Theatre in NYC, Red Skelton entered films in 1938 and went on to appear...

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Honus Wagner (1874 - 1955)

One of five men who were the original inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, Honus Wagner was a stocky, clumsy-looking athlete who had surprising agility and unsurpassed baseball ac...

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Roscoe Turner (1895 - 1970)

Roscoe Turner b. 29 Sep 1895, Gift, Alcorn Co., MS, m. (1) 29 Sep 1924, Carline Stovall, m. (2) 18 Dec 1946, Margaret M. Miller. Roscoe died 1970. He was a world air speed racer in 1929. The airpor...

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Steve McQueen (1930 - 1980)

Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” Steve McQueen was a macho, laconic American movie star of the 1960s and '70s. His "anti-hero" persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counte...

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Frank Butler (1852 - 1926)

Frank E. Butler (February 25, 1852 – November 21, 1926) was a marksman in Wild West variety shows. He was married to sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Butler was born in county Longford, Irela...

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Elvira Josefine Reinsch / Barthel (1900 - 1969)

Elvira gikk på line sammen med sin søster Maria ( Maja ). Hun var tre år da hun startet med trening. Hun debuterte da hun var fem år. Hun assisterte sin far i knivkasternumm...

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"Diamond Jim" Fisk (c.1835 - 1872)

) James Fisk, Jr. (April 1, 1835 – January 6, 1872) – known variously as "Big Jim," "Diamond Jim," and "Jubilee Jim" – was an American stock broker and corporate executive who ...

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Fred Fenton Bays (1882 - d.)

He was a lawyer. Resided Sullivan co., In. He at one time owned a circus. He was manager of the World Champion Fly-weight Boxing Champion from terre Haute. He did exploration of oil and gas wells in th...

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Lucille “Dixie” Willson MP (1890 - 1974)

[ Find a Grave Death: 1974 Dixie was the eldest of three children born to John David Willson and Rosalie Eliza "Rose" Reiniger. She was a famous writer. Her brother Meredith was famous for "The Mu...

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Johnny Eck, the Half Man (1911 - 1991)

The twin sons of Baltimore couple Amelia and John Eckhardt, Robert and John Jr., were born on August 27, 1911. Twenty minutes after the delivery of Robert, John Jr. appeared, to the horror of his paren...

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John Harold Muir (1905 - 1991)

Dad was born John Harold Muir, but he changed it due to the confusion with people always knowing him as Harold. He was officially Harold John Muir." from daughter Arlene Corriveau. Hazel and Harold joi...

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Burrell G. Morehart (1865 - d.)

Burrell worked as a railroad fireman. Living in San Francisco, CA in 1936, in the Laguna Honda Home (Relief Home for Aged and Infirm) 4 May 1899, Eagle County Blade, p. 4-- Eagle From the Exami...

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William Banning (c.1858 - 1928)

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Alice Robbins (c.1875 - d.)

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Adelaide "Addie" Ginnett (deceased)

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Oren Arms Curtis (1829 - 1898)

also was a Civil War veteran, had been a Captain, (so he was nicknamed Captain Jack) Co. F, 15th Regiment Cavalry, Ks Volunteers, received a general court-martial April 1865, spent one month in militar...

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Daniel Milton Dowker (1865 - 1947)

Residence High River, , AB, CAN Residence Oyen, , AB, CAN Residence Aft 1940 Langley, , BC, CAN - Brown Rd. Marriage ended by death of husband In the 1886 and 1890 "London City Directory" he is...

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Philippe Adélard Nicol (1881 - 1940)

Philippe Adelard Nicole was born on September 27, 1881 at St Henri, Levis County, Quebec. He was the 6th child of Alexandre Nicole and Josephine-Philomene Brousseau He was born with a peculiarity; ...

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Ai Newell Staniel Colby (1848 - 1914)

Ai Newell Staniel COLBY was born on 11 AUG 1848 in Waterbury, Washington County, Vermont. (SOURCE: General index to vital records of Vermont, early to 1870.) He appeared in the census in 1850 in Morris...

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Zaha (b. - c.1983)

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Texas Jack, Jr. (c.1860 - 1905)

) Texas Jack Jr., (1860 appr. to 1905), adopted son of Texas Jack Omohundro, is best known for running a Wild West show and circus where he gave Will Rogers his start as an entertainer. Not long af...

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William Rankin (1845 - d.)

Stage name - Scottish Terror. Toured the world with Hackenschmits circus as a wrestler. And Buffalo Bills circus. Fought Gunboat Smith (world champion) on board a train travelling through America and w...

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Margit Reinsch (1917 - 2005)

Margit Reinsch passed away. Margit Reinsch passed way on 5. November 2005. She was born on 9 October 1917 and performed as a trapeze artist under the name Lazana. For a while she was married to Ernst M...

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Albert Austin (1903 - d.)

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John Franklin Robinson (1843 - 1921)

Managed the John Robinson Circus, bare back rider, tumbler, leaper

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Hyman Glaser (c.1893 - 1960)

1914-1919 87 Bathurst St Denison Tas 1928 176 Elizabeth St Denison Tas joined AIF 40th Battalion on 10/2/16..had a colourful enlistment,amongst other things he was wounded and gassed in action

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Charles Edward Ringling (1863 - 1926)

Charles Edward Ringling (December 2, 1863 – December 3, 1926) was one of the Ringling brothers, who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was in charge of production and g...

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Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina (1898 - 1977)

Maria Rasputina , born Matryona Grigorievna Rasputina (March 27, 1898 – September 27, 1977), was the daughter of the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin and his wife Praskovia Fyodorovna Dubrovina. ...

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Marian Meanwell MP (c.1849 - 1912)

At the time of the 1911 census Marian was living on her own at 60 Walterton Road, Paddington North, London, a 61 year old widow, working as a Milliner and Dressmaker. She gave her birthplace as Ramsbot...

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JEM MACE (James - Boxing Champion) (1831 - 1910)

Jem - James Mace Height 176 cm (5 ft 9.3 in) Born 8 April 1831 @ Beeston, Norfolk, England Died 30 November 1910 (aged 79) A middleweight, he succeeded in outboxing heavier opponents thanks to his da...

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Gilbert Rex Robinson, Sr. (1915 - 1993)

Find-A-Grave memorial #12673549 BURIAL: 1. Find A Grave. Gilbert Rex Robertson "Birth: Jun. 13, 1915 Maumee Jackson County Indiana, USA Death: Sep. 10, 1993 Jeffersonville Clark C...

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Masaichi Takahashi (1888 - 1938)

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John (Jack) J Joyce (1910 - c.1970)

Jack Joyce was an animal trainer with Ringling Bros. & Shrine Circus. He handled camels and lamas.

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Otho Vialls Twigg (1856 - 1913)

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Isadore Gradus Samson (1884 - 1933)

Isadore Gradus ( Samson ) Born Isadore Gradus on the 16th of April 1884 in Warsaw Poland. Migrated to England in 1899 to join his sister a Mrs Lauterstein a mid wife . Isadore worked in London for abou...

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Darthula Martha Bruss (1889 - 1982)

Thula was married first to Charles Ambrose Sadleir, when she was 18 years old. They were married when on tour. Charles put on street shows. They were later divorced. Thula joined the Ringling Brother...

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John Ringling North (1903 - 1985)

on the right in profile photo John Ringling North (14 August 1903 - 4 June 1985) was the owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937 to 1943 and from 1947 to 1967. In 1967 he s...

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Ramesh Raman (c.1949 - d.)

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John F. Robinson (1807 - 1888)

Founder and owner of the John Robinson Circus John Robinson ran away from home at an early and at age 15 began working with Colonel Page’s Menagerie. He worked four years with with Page and Mc...

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Mavis Bourke (1925 - d.)

Mavis Bourke ran away from home (so the story goes) and joined a circus. She subsequently had a son to one of the circus people, John Shields. The boy was born on the 5th February 1943 and was known as...

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lina lijnberg (1860 - 1948)

lina lijnberg was een acrobate ,haar zoon was clown in het circus en haar 2 dochters acrobates in het circus

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John Gilbert Robinson, lll (1872 - 1935)

circus performer, assistant manager of the John Robinson Circus, he was a director of the Cincinnati Zoo

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Jakob (Jackie) Gerlich (1918 - 1960)

Jackie was a Little Person and actor who appeared as a Munchkin in the original MGM film The Wizard of Oz as a member of the Lollipop guild group. He worked as a clown for Ringling Brothers Barnum and ...

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David Edwin Winder (1845 - d.)

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Édouard Beaupré, The Willow Bunch Giant (1881 - 1904)

Edouard Beaupré was a circus and freak show giant, strongman, and a star in Barnum and Bailey's circus:

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Grady Stiles, the Lobster Boy (1937 - 1992)

Grady Stiles II came from a long line of males born with a disfiguring condition called Electrodactyly (fingers and toes are fused to look like claws). Following in his father's footsteps, Grady joined...

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James Leo Duffy (1882 - 1940)

James started in the circus business through his friendship with the famous Diamond brothers (Musicians and performers on vaudeville). He became an acrobat on vaudeville for a brief time before joining...

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Arthur Oscar Lindauer (1867 - 1944)

Arthur Oscar Lindauer (1867-1944) Circus Trapeze Performer in 1900 under the name of "Bandy and Tune" and an Actor in 1910, and an Athletic Coach in 1920; Bachelor (b. August 23, 1867, Plainfield, Unio...

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Delfina "Mama Fina" Morales (1922 - 2007)

Mama Fina's Life (Prepared by Daniel Chavez, based on interviews with MamaFina during the month of December 2005) On April 7th David Cardona forgot her daughter's birth date and told the person who...

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George Wallet (1815 - d.)

(born Hull, 1815) travelled with a circus as a clown or comedian up to about 1860 when he settled in Monkwearmouth, Durham as a coal miner. Several of his children appear to have emigrated to South Afr...

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Lottie Grant MP (1849 - 1899)

Obituary/death notice, 18 Aug 1899 "Courier" of Coldwater, Michigan; text: " Mrs. Frank Whitlock of Batavia township died at her home Wednesday, of dropsy. She was probably largest woman in the Unite...

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Harry Goran Lamkin (1879 - 1980)

LAMKIN, HARRY B., SR. (1849,1854, or 1856?-February 25, 1886) Ran away with M. O’Conner’s Circus, so by age 15 had already launched his career and was practicing as a bareback rider; firs...

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Seth Howes MP (1815 - 1901)

Seth Benedict Howes (1815 - 1901) - Circus owner, entrepreneur and showman This amazing man was a showman and entrepreneur and when he died in 1901 left a fortune by today's standards, let alone thos...

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P. T. Barnum MP (1810 - 1891)

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became t...

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John Ringling (1866 - 1936)

John Nicholas Ringling (May 31, 1866 – December 2, 1936) now is the most well-known of the seven Ringling brothers, five of whom merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own Ringling Broth...

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General Tom Thumb MP (1838 - 1883)

General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton (January 4, 1838 – July 15, 1883), a midget who achieved great fame under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Stratton was a son of a ...

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