General Tom Thumb – Born on 4 January 1838

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

General Tom Thumb (aka Charles Sherwood Stratton), the performer who achieved worldwide fame in P.T. Barnum’s circus, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on 4 January 1838.

To celebrate the day, here is a fascinating profile of Tom Thumb, from a newspaper published in 1844.

historical newspaper report on tom thumb

Carlisle Journal – Saturday 16 November 1844

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