DEAD: ON THIS DATE
P. T. Barnum (aged 80)
American showman and politician
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, politician, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871–2017). He was also an author, publisher, and philanthropist, though he said of himself: “I am a showman by profession… and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me”. According to his critics, his personal aim was “to put money in his own coffers.” He is widely credited with coining the adage “There’s a sucker born every minute”,although no evidence can be found of him saying this.
DEATH: Barnum died from a stroke at home in 1891. He is buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut, a cemetery he designed.