The Art of Money Getting
The life of P.T. Barnum
Humbugs of the World
Barnum's Own Story
Why I Am A Universalist
The Life of P.T. Barnum
Struggles and Triumphs
The Art of Money Getting
Phineas Taylor "P.T." Barnum was a legendary American showman and businessman, best known for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was born in Bethel, Connecticut, in 1810, and from a young age, he showed an interest in entertainment and business. In 1835, he started his own newspaper, which he used to promote his various businesses and entertainments.
Barnum's life was not without controversy, however. He was known for promoting hoaxes and "humbug," and he was involved in several scandals over the course of his career. Despite the controversies, Barnum was a successful businessman and a pioneer in the entertainment industry. He died in 1891, but his legacy lived on through his various businesses and the many performers he helped to launch to fame.
Barnum was the third son of Philo Barnum, a storekeeper, and his wife Irene. Barnum showed an early interest in business and entertainment, and as a teenager, he began working as a clerk in a general store. He also started his own business selling lottery tickets, and he later opened a small grocery store. In 1834, Barnum moved to New York City and began working as a showman. He started by exhibiting a blind and paralyzed slave woman named Joice Heth, whom he claimed was the 161-year-old former nurse of George Washington. Despite the claims being false, the exhibition was a huge success, and Barnum made a lot of money from it.
Barnum was not just a showman, but also a politician and an advocate for social causes. He was a member of the Connecticut legislature and later served as the mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was an advocate for abolitionism and women's suffrage, and he used his platform to promote these causes. He was also known for his philanthropy, including his support for the Tufts University and the Bridgeport Hospital. Despite the controversies surrounding some of his shows and promotions, Barnum left a lasting legacy as a pioneer in the entertainment industry and as a champion for social causes. He died in 1891, but his name and legacy continued to inspire future generations of entrepreneurs and entertainers.
The Art of Money Getting (1880)
The life of P.T. Barnum (1855)
Humbugs of the World (1865)
Barnum's own story (1927)
Why I Am A Universalist (1890)
“There's a sucker born every minute.”