25 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About P.T. Barnum

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Phineas Taylor Barnum, better known simply as P.T. Barnum, stands today as perhaps history's greatest showman. A founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, which eventually merged with the Ringling Bros. operation to form the Greatest Show on Earth, Barnum’s spectacles entertained millions for many years.

One and a half centuries after the 1871 founding of Barnum's original circus, the Greatest Show on Earth's final performance finally took place in the spring of 2017.

In honor of so many decades of entertainment, we've compiled the most interesting P.T. Barnum facts that reveal a lot you never knew about the intriguing, brilliant, fun-loving man who's creations captivated so many of us.


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