Phineas Taylor Barnum
Born in Connecticut, he went on to become the most famous showman of his day. He co-founded the great Barnum and Bailey's Circus and brought to the public such acts as a huge elephant called Jumbo, General Tom Thumb the famous dwarf, and the Cardiff Giant.
"There's a sucker born every minute" is a quote often attributed to PT Barnum, but in fact it was uttered by a competitor, David Hannum, during an 1869 dispute over Barnum's Cardiff Giant exhibit.
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