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P. T. Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891), American showman is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 1871, Dan Castello and William C. Coup persuaded Barnum to lend his famous name and financial backing to the circus they had already created in Delavan, Wisconsin. Thus, was created “P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome”, which was the true beginning of the continuous run of the current incarnation of the circus. He soon added “The Greatest Show on Earth” as a subtitle to his show.