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(Biography) P(hineas) T(aylor). 1810–91, US showman, who created The Greatest Show on Earth (1871) and, with J. A. Bailey, founded the Barnum and Bailey Circus (1881)
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P(hineas) T(aylor), 1810–91, U.S. showman and circus impresario.
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Noun1.Barnum - United States showman who popularized the circus (1810-1891)Barnum - United States showman who popularized the circus (1810-1891)
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Bert and Mary were to be the witnesses, and after that the four were to go to a private room in Barnum's Restaurant for the wedding supper.
Ferguson passed for a purely chimerical personage of the Barnum stamp, who, after having gone through the United States, proposed to "do" the British Isles.
Barnum offered him a million dollars to make a tour of the United States in his show.
That gentleman was a sort of Barnum, the director of a troupe of mountebanks, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, equilibrists, and gymnasts, who, according to the placard, was giving his last performances before leaving the Empire of the Sun for the States of the Union.
The most comfortable of all the hotels of which I had any experience in the United States, and they were not a few, is Barnum's, in that city: where the English traveller will find curtains to his bed, for the first and probably the last time in America (this is a disinterested remark, for I never use them); and where he will be likely to have enough water for washing himself, which is not at all a common case.
Barnum, Buried Cities; I can't remember any more now.
A Portuguese fellow who was handling him for the Barnum and Bailey show did that for him.
Barnum points out the importance of understanding Web users, including older users.
and Barnum & Bailey[R], long committed to teaching children through its nationwide educational performances, is now offering a special back-to-school gift for primary school teachers and home school instructors.
ROSEMONT -- Dogs first baseman Keon Barnum has been named the American Association's Most Valuable Player for the 2019 season, the league announced Tuesday.
Chris is the fifth cousin six times removed to PT Barnum - the eccentric 19th-century circus owner played by Hugh Jackman.