Phineas Taylor Barnum, the master showman, who was born on this date in 1810 and who lived until April 7, 1891, was not as great a circus Impressario as he was a Side Show owner. His Museum's offered the strange, the odd, the unusual and if things, weren't strange and unusual at the time, he made them up. He was truly a master at creating a display that made people talk about him. Circusly, he is probably most well known for procuring the largest elephant of that time period in JUMBO from the London Zoological Association. His name has lasted for over two hundred years in the Circus business.