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 William Edmond “Buster Brown” Ansley

William Edmond “Buster Brown” Ansley

Magnolia, Columbia County, Arkansas, USA
Death 26 Sep 1972 (aged 80)
Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas, USA
Burial Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 15580140 · View Source
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At age 17 he was 42 inches and weighted 40 pounds and was billed as the smallest man in the world. In 1910 he went to work for the Brown Shoe Company of St. Louis, promoting Buster Brown Shoes. He played the part of Buster Brown for 28 years, donning a blond wig, red suit, red hat, knickers, blue tie, white shirt with Buster Brown collar. He traveled with a Boston Terrier named Tige. He traveled 50,000 miles a year by train and playing all the major whistle stops. His stage presence also included "Hi! I'm Buster Brown; I live in a shoe, This is my dog Tige. He lives there, too."

He was known as the smallest Mason in the World. He was also a Knights Templar.

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William Edmond Ansley (Nov 11 1888-Sept 26, 1972) Ansley traveled the country for 27 years promoting Buster Brown children's shoes with his dog Tige. From 1908 to 1935, the 42 in. dwarf appeared in a blonde wig, blue tie, red suit and hat, know as Buster Brown. He lived in Hugo until his death in 1972. "He was quite a Character."

Gravesite Details Ed was born in 1891, and was a small person, at age 26 he was 42 inches tall but he grew to 50 inches.
  • Maintained by: Reynolds Ansley
  • Originally Created by: Donald Burgess
  • Added: 2 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15580140
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Edmond “Buster Brown” Ansley (11 Nov 1891–26 Sep 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15580140, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Reynolds Ansley (contributor 47362202) .