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Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891) is remembered as the consummate American showman for his management of Tom Thumb and Jenny Lind, as well as his American Museum. He also co-founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Barnum was also a newspaper owner, philanthropist, and politician whose oversized personality overshadowed entertainment for much of the nineteenth century.
Cody Knotts's personal experiences in entertainment, newspaper publication, and politics parallel Barnum's, adding depth and veracity to this portrayal.