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 Charles Sherwood “General Tom Thumb” Stratton

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Charles Sherwood “General Tom Thumb” Stratton Famous memorial

Birth
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death
15 Jul 1883 (aged 45)
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Plot
Section 8
Memorial ID
1032 View Source

Circus Performer. Without question the most famous little person in history. Phineas T. Barnum discovered him, named him "General Tom Thumb," and made him a success in 1842. When Charles Stratton was born, he was a large baby, weighing a little over nine pounds. He developed normally for a while, reaching 15 pounds and two feet, one inch in length by five months of age; then his growth stopped. By age five he had not grown an inch more, but otherwise he was a completely normal child. His 1863 wedding to Lavinia Warren was the most celebrated marriage of its time, and was performed in front of two thousand guests (even President and Mrs. Lincoln sent gifts). His final height was three feet, four inches. The statue of him, on top of his headstone, is life-size.

Circus Performer. Without question the most famous little person in history. Phineas T. Barnum discovered him, named him "General Tom Thumb," and made him a success in 1842. When Charles Stratton was born, he was a large baby, weighing a little over nine pounds. He developed normally for a while, reaching 15 pounds and two feet, one inch in length by five months of age; then his growth stopped. By age five he had not grown an inch more, but otherwise he was a completely normal child. His 1863 wedding to Lavinia Warren was the most celebrated marriage of its time, and was performed in front of two thousand guests (even President and Mrs. Lincoln sent gifts). His final height was three feet, four inches. The statue of him, on top of his headstone, is life-size.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 25 Apr 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 1032
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1032/charles-sherwood-stratton: accessed ), memorial page for Charles Sherwood “General Tom Thumb” Stratton (4 Jan 1838–15 Jul 1883), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1032, citing Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .