15 World’s Amazing Circus Sideshow Performers

General Tom Thumb

Charles Sherwood was born on January 4, 1838 and was a tiny show business phenomenon. The great showman Phineas T. Barnum while visiting his home state of Connecticut thought to track down an amazingly small child he had heard about and it was Charles who was nearly five years old. For some reason, he had stopped growing years earlier. He stood only 25 inches tall and weighed 15 pounds. Barnum made a deal with Charles’ father who is a local carpenter to pay three dollars a week to exhibit young Charles in New York and changed his name to General Tom Thumb.





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