Circus Stories

General Tom Thumb: The Incredible Life of Charles Stratton

March 04, 2021 Callie Biggerstaff & Mark Renaudin Season 1 Episode 22
Circus Stories
General Tom Thumb: The Incredible Life of Charles Stratton
Show Notes

Larger than life is a cliché but in this case it is more true than ever! In this episode we discuss General Tom Thumb aka Charles Stratton. One of PT Barnum's first talent finds, and arguably the first international child star... starting at the mere age of 4! We explore Stratton's controversial career beginnings, how he saves PT Barnum from financial hardship, his customized home and sometimes decadent lifestyle and all the fancy friends he makes during his rise to international stardom including personal friendships with Queen Victoria and President Lincoln! 

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