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  • Belle Bennett (1891 - 1932)
    Belle Bennett (April 22, 1891 – November 4, 1932) was a stage and screen actress who started her professional career in vaudeville. She was born in Coon Rapids, IA . Stage actress Bennett appeared ...
  • Nan Aspinwall (1880 - 1964)
    Nan Jeanne Aspinwall Gable Lambell was born in New York on February 2, 1880. She lived in Liberty, Nebraska for most of her early years. Later publicity during her career would state that she was raise...
  • General Tom Thumb (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 Bridgep...
  • John Ringling (1866 - 1936)
    Entertainer. Born Johann Nicholas Rüngeling, one of seven sons of German immigrant and harness maker, August Rüngeling, in McGregor, Iowa. After moving to Baraboo, Wisconsin, the brothers Ringling cr...
  • 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...

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 P. T. Barnum (1810 – 1891)
American circus owner of the Barnum & Bailey Circus Seth Howes (1815 – 1901)
American circus owner John Ringling (1866 – 1936)
American circus owner of the Ringling Brothers Circus

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

External links

Australian Circus Links