P. T. Barnum

1810 - 1891

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Phineas Taylor Barnum (; July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, and politician, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871–2017) with James Anthony Bailey. 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of P. T. Barnum has received more than 17,122,702 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). P. T. Barnum is the 31st most popular businessperson (down from 21st in 2019), the 358th most popular biography from United States (down from 223rd in 2019) and the 13th most popular American Businessperson.

P. T. Barnum is most famous for founding the circus that bears his name. He also founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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Among businesspeople, P. T. Barnum ranks 31 out of 604Before him are Hugh Hefner, Tim Cook, Jules Rimet, J. P. Morgan, J. Paul Getty, and Florentino Pérez. After him are Robert Bosch, Ettore Bugatti, Steve Ballmer, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Soichiro Honda, and Rudolf Dassler.

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Among people born in 1810, P. T. Barnum ranks 5Before him are Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Pope Leo XIII, and Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour. After him are Alfred de Musset, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Éliphas Lévi, Theodor Schwann, Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Alexandre Colonna-Walewski, and Nikolay Pirogov. Among people deceased in 1891, P. T. Barnum ranks 13Before him are Sofia Kovalevskaya, Léo Delibes, Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Pedro II of Brazil, and Theo van Gogh. After him are Ivan Goncharov, Leopold Kronecker, Jules Grévy, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, Edmond Becquerel, and Georges Ernest Boulanger.

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Among people born in United States, P. T. Barnum ranks 358 out of 15,968Before him are Marvin Gaye (1939), Anthony Perkins (1932), Henry Clay (1777), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Ted Kaczynski (1942), and Isaac Singer (1811). After him are John Quincy Adams (1767), Robert Johnson (1911), Claude Shannon (1916), Jim Mattis (1950), Zodiac Killer (1940), and Herbert A. Simon (1916).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, P. T. Barnum ranks 13Before him are Ray Kroc (1902), Colonel Sanders (1890), Hugh Hefner (1926), Tim Cook (1960), J. P. Morgan (1837), and J. Paul Getty (1892). After him are Steve Ballmer (1956), Robert Kardashian (1944), Jeff Bezos (1964), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Johns Hopkins (1795), and Madam C. J. Walker (1867).