Phineas Barnum

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  • ''There's a sucker born every minute.''
    Phineas Barnum (1810-1891), U.S. showman. Attributed. Barnum doubted ever having uttered these words, though he conceded he may have said, "The people like to be humbugged." See the appendix to A.H. Saxon's biography, P.T. Barnum: The Legend and the Man (1989), where it is claimed that the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute, but none of them ever die" originated with a notorious con-man known as "Paper Collar Joe," (real name, Joseph Bessimer) and was later falsely ascribed to Barnum by show-biz rival Adam Forepaugh in a newspaper interview. Barnum never took pains to deny it, and even thanked Forepaugh for the free publicity he had given him.
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