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James Anthony McGinnis

Also Known As: "James Anthony Bailey"
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Birthplace: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
Death: Died in Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York, United States
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Son of Zenas Bailey and Comfort Taber
Husband of Ruth Louisa Bailey
Brother of Maria Bailey; Isaac Bailey; Leonard Bailey; Mary Ann Sanford; Cindarella Bailey and 1 other

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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 Pontiac, Michigan when he was discovered by Frederic Augusta Bailey (a nephew of circus pioneer Hachaliah Bailey) as a teenager. Bailey gave McGuiness a job as his assistant and the two traveled together for many years. James Anthony eventually adopted Bailey's surname to become James A. Bailey. Bailey later associated with James E. Cooper and, by the time he was 25, he was manager of the Cooper and Bailey circus. He then met with P.T. Barnum and together they established Barnum and Bailey's Circus (for which Bailey was instrumental in obtaining Jumbo the Elephant) in 1881. In 1919, Barnum and Bailey's joined with the Ringling Brothers to form the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. James Anthony Bailey was married to Ruth McCaddon of Zanesville, Ohio. He died of erysipelas.


Birth: Jul. 4, 1847 Detroit Wayne County Michigan, USA Death: Apr. 11, 1906 Mount Vernon Westchester County New York, USA

Circus Showman. Along with Phineas T. Barnum, he helped found Barnum and Bailey Circus, which became known as "The Greatest Show On Earth". In 1872, he partner with Philadelphian James E, Cooper to form "Cooper and Bailey's Circus", and toured the United States, Java, New Zealand and South America. In 1873 Cooper died and James Bailey soon joined up with Barnum. They toured for several years until Barnum died in 1891. Bailey took over the circus the same year and it made several triumphant trips around the world under his leadership. In 1906 he died and the circus company soon became part of the Ringling Brothers Company. It is known to this day as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.


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 Ruth Louisa McCaddon Bailey (1846 - 1912)*
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Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx Bronx County New York, USA Plot: Larch Plot GPS (lat/lon): 40.88941, -73.87443

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1847
1847
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
1906
1906
Age 59
Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York, United States