“"World's most famous little person"”
Circus Performer. Without question the most famous midget 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 'Lifesize.'
Grave is near the back of the cemetery on the right hand side when you drive in. Go past the arch on the hill to your right. Tom is atop a family obelisk. We used findagrave.com to locate him.
Grave says Stratton. You drive towards the South portion of the cemetery. Tom is in a roundabout green in the middle above all else. Very cool....for a grave.
We found it without a problem. Section 8 on the right is correct.
Near the back on the left. Look for Stratton with a little guy at the top.
Just went today... When entering the cemetery keep going straight, past section 8 & you will see it on your right.
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