1838 - 1883 (45 years)
Has 18 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.
||Charles Sherwood Stratton |
||4 Jan 1838
||Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
||15 Jul 1883
- His funeral was attended by more than 10,000 people.
||7 Feb 2018 |
- Charles Sherwood 'Gen. Tom Thumb' STRATTON (1838-1883), Show on Earth" (later Barnum and Bailey Circus)
The parents, "normal" sized adults reportedly were embarrassed that their son was a dwarf.
In 1842, P. T. Barnum discovered Charles, who measured 25 inches and weighed 15 pounds, only six pounds more than his birth weight.
Barnum touted the child as an 11-year-old European marvel and taught him to sing, dance, mime and act. During their dealings together, they traveled around the world and met various leaders and royalty, including President Abraham Lincoln and Britain's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.