P. T. Barnum’s 10 Most Famous Human “Freak” Show Attractions
9. General Tom Thumb
When Charles Stratton was just 4-years-old, his parents took him to meet P.T. Barnum. He was only 25 inches high and weighed 15 pounds. His parent said that he stopped growing when he was only 6-months-old. Barnum taught him to sing, dance, and impersonate historic figures like Napoleon Bonaparte. He also coupled up with other performers in comedy acts. Barnum gave him the stage name of Tom Thumb, after an English fairy tale character. He told everyone that he was actually 11-years-old, and dressed him in hand-made suits.