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Charles Sherwood Stratton

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An American dwarf, who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P. T. Barnum. 

Born to parents of medium height in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Stratton he was the son of a carpenter. Phineas T. Barnum heard about Stratton, and after contacting his parents, taught the boy how to sing, dance, mime, and impersonate famous people. 


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