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Circus Performer
    (January 4, 1838-July 15, 1883)
    Birth name is Charles Sherwood Stratton
    Height at age 18 was 2 feet, 6 inches
    Continued growing as an adult, measuring 3 feet, 4 inches the year of his death
    Performed all over the world as a singer, dancer and impersonator for P.T. Barnum
    His stage name came from a children's story.
    P.T. Barnum created a bogus history for him as a European aristocrat.
    Some might say he allowed Barnum to exploit him for years.
    He and his wife (also a little person) traveled with an orphaned baby as a publicity stunt.
    They gave up the baby when it grew bigger and hence bad for their image.
    His parents were humiliated by him and handed him over to Barnum at age four.
    His work as a performer brought him wealth and international fame.
    He remained lifelong friends with Barnum and once saved him from bankruptcy.
    His 1863 ‘fairy wedding' to Lavinia Warren was one of the year's most fashionable events.
    Abraham Lincoln held a reception for him afterwards.
    Several thousand mourners showed up for his funeral.

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