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Lavinia Warren
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    (October 31, 1842-November 25, 1919)
    Born in Middleborough, Massachusetts
    Birth name was Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump
    Height was 2 feet 8 inches
    Married fellow dwarfs General Tom Thumb (1863-83) and Count Primo Magri (1885-1919)
    Appeared with Magri in the film ‘The Lilliputians Courtship’ (1915)
    P.T. Barnum sold tickets to her and Thumb’s wedding reception for $50.
    She and Thumb stood on a grand piano to greet attendees at the reception.
    She thought Abraham Lincoln was rude when he kissed her on the cheek during a visit to the White House.
    To support her extravagant tastes, she had to keep performing into old age.
    She is buried next to Tom Thumb under a marker that reads simply ‘His Wife.’
    Ironically, she was a larger than average newborn, weighing nine pounds.
    She became a teacher at age 16.
    Her wedding to Tom Thumb was a front-page story in The New York Times.
    She and Thumb went on a three year long world tour (1869-72), during which they appeared before most of the crowned heads of Europe.

Credit: C. Fishel

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