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PT Barnum is known as the worlds greatest showman He was born on July 5 1810 in Bethel a small town on the outskirts of Danbury Connecticut PT Barnums parents were Philo Barnum and Irena Taylor PT was sent to the district school at age 6 where he proved to be one of the brightest boys in the class His favorite school subjects were English and math After learning everything he could at the district school PT went to study at the Danbury Academy He left school some time before his 16th birthday and went to work as a clerk in a general store in Bethel Barnums father died about 2 months after his 16th birthday He was still working as a clerk in the general store then But working there paid him little and gave him no chance to make any extra money so he left to clerk in a similar store about a mile away from there in the city of Grassy Plain where he met a woman named Charity Hallett After a while Barnum left to New York City There Oliver Taylor one of his relatives offered him a job in his Brooklyn grocery store which Barnum accepted He returned to Bethel within a year There his grandfather offered him half of his carriage house near the center of town to open a business Barnum accepted the offer but he wanted to go back home first because of Charity Hallett In the summer of 1829 Barnum asked Charity to marry him She agreed and on November 8 the couple was married in New York City then returned to Bethel a few days later Barnum opened a shop in the one half of his grandfathers carriage house and later became an agent for several lotteries He called his agency the Temple of Fortune Barnum became impatient since he thought he was making money the slow way so he set out for a new
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