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James Anthony Bailey (July 4, 1847 – April 11, 1906), born James Anthony McGinnis, was an American owner and manager of several 19th-century circuses, including The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. Early life James Anthony McGinnis was born July 4, 1847 to Edward and Hannora McGinnis in Detroit, Michigan. Edward McGinnis died in October, 1849 of cholera and in 1855, James was orphaned when his mother died. James then went to live with his older sister, Catherine Gordon. Life with Catherine was difficult as she tended to be overbearing and harsh. Sometime between 1859 and 1860, James ran away from Catherine's home and found a job and a place to stay on a farm about 10 miles outside the city of Pontiac, Michigan. Finding life on the farm unrewarding, 13-year old James wandered into Pontiac where he found work at the Hodges House Hotel.After working at the hotel for a time, he was discovered by Colonel Frederic Harrison Bailey, a nephew of circus pioneer Hachaliah Bailey, and an advance man for John Robinson and Bill Lake's traveling circus. F.H. Bailey gave McGinnis a job as his assistant, and the two traveled together for many years. McGinnis eventually adopted F.H. Bailey's surname to become James A. Bailey. Circus life In his diary, James' brother-in-law Joe McCaddon writes that Bailey recounted stories of how he left the circus world at age 16 and went to work as clerk to a sutler during the Civil War.In 1866, with the war over, he went back to work for Bill Lake, who now owned his own circus with his wife Agnes Thatcher Lake. During this time, James met Ruth Louisa McCaddon of Zanesville, Ohio. James and Ruth became friends, fell in love, and were married in December 1868. The very next year in Granby, Missouri, Bill Lake was shot and killed. With her husband dead, Agnes Lake became the first woman in the United States to own a circus (Agnes Lake would later marry famous gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok, who worked for a short time with Buffalo Bill Cody, whose Wild West Show James A. Bailey would one day manage). Bailey later associated with James E. Cooper, and by the time he was 22, he was manager of the Cooper and Bailey circus. He then met with P.T. Barnum, and together they established Barnum and Bailey's Circus (for which Bailey was instrumental in obtaining Jumbo the Elephant) in 1880, with their combined show opening the following spring in Madison Square Garden.Barnum was the face of the circus, but James Bailey was the hard worker who insisted on staying behind the scenes. Barnum once wrote to him that James managed the show “ten times better than I could.”Equestrienne Josie Demott Robinson wrote in her autobiography that, “Mr. Barnum was the advertiser, who loved the limelight, who rode around in the ring, and announced who he was. But Mr. Bailey was the businessman, content to be invisible...and interested only in the success of the show.”Bailey was considered by many to be a genius at logistics. His organizational skills for transporting people, animals, and equipment was copied by the military of more than one country.He hired Pinkerton Detectives to travel with the show and protect circusgoers from grifters and thieves.He established “Orphan Day”, one day a year when orphans could attend the circus for free. He was often known to carry children who couldn't walk into the circus tent and find them a seat away from the crush of the crowd.Following Barnum's death in 1891, Bailey managed not only The Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, but in 1894, took on the management of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Death and legacy Bailey died of erysipelas in 1906 at age 58. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in The Bronx, New York City. His widow subsequently sold the circus to the Ringling brothers in 1907, who eventually merged the rival operations in 1919.In his book about the circus, Earl Chapin May wrote, “Probably...no circus owner and manager left more sincere mourners than the thin little magnate known to millions as James A. Bailey.”Taped beneath a photo of James Bailey in the scrapbook of employee Harrison Gunning is a small scrap of paper that reads, “P.T. Barnum was the great showman, but Mr. Bailey was the supreme of all circus managers, past and present.”James A. Bailey was inducted into the International Circus Hall of Fame in 1960 and into the Circus Ring of Fame in Sarasota, Florida in 1990. References External links American Experience: The Circus: The Life and Times of James Bailey, Part 1 American Experience: The Circus: The Life and Times of James Bailey, Part 2 American Experience: The Circus: The Life and Times of James Bailey, Part 3 James Anthony Bailey at Find a Grave The Affairs of James A. Bailey by Richard E Conover. Discover the James Bailey popular books. Find the top 100 most popular James Bailey books.

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  • All Puns Blazing synopsis, comments

    All Puns Blazing

    Geoff Rowe

    I don't like to brag but I can control a kayak brilliantly. Canoe?'Pardon' is the only French word that I know. I can only apologise.From Geoff Rowe and the Leicester Comedy Festiv...

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    State Missouri v. James Leroy Bailey

    Eastern District, Division Three Missouri Court of Appeals

    SIMON, J. Defendant, James Leroy Bailey, appeals his sentence pursuant to a jury verdict of the Circuit Court of St. Charles County finding him guilty of burglary in the first degr...

  • Battle for the Big Top synopsis, comments

    Battle for the Big Top

    Les Standiford

    “Les Standiford takes us under the big top and behind the curtain in this richly researched and thoroughly engaging narrative that captures all of the entrepreneurial intrigue and ...

  • The Old Bailey synopsis, comments

    The Old Bailey

    Theresa Murphy

    This is the story of an arena of crime and degradation, of infamy and human suffering. It is the history of the Old Bailey, an institution as flawed as all manmade attempts at just...

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    Matter Claim James D. Bailey

    Supreme Court of New York

    Appeal by claimant from a decision of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board holding that claimant was not totally unemployed within the meaning of section 522 of the Labor Law an...

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    False Impression

    James Bailey

    Bron and Rast thought it would be an easy pay day, kill a wandering party of orcs that are harassing a nearby village then reap the rewards. The battle might just be harder than th...

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    The Heart Healers

    James Forrester, M.D.

    At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. In The Heart Healers, world renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. James Forrester tells the story of the mavericks and rebels who defied the...

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    Witch and Famous

    Angela M. Sanders

    For a tiny town, picturesque Wilfred, Oregon, has everything, including an impressive library housed in a Victorian mansion, a touch of magic in new librarian and fledgling witch, ...

  • James Mcneill Bailey v. State Texas synopsis, comments

    James Mcneill Bailey v. State Texas

    Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas

    At 1:45 P.M. on February 11, 1974, Shirley Seiber, the deceaseds neighbor, arrived home for an appointment with the deceased, Imogene Apple. At that time Mrs. Seiber saw the deceas...

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    Collateral Damage

    Mark Shaw

    If there had been no coverup of Robert Kennedy’s complicity in the murder of Marilyn Monroe in 1962 and he had been prosecuted based on compelling evidence at the time, the assassi...

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    Willie D. Bailey and Annie Bailey v. James

    Supreme Court of Alabama

    ALMON, JUSTICE. This appeal is from a coemployee action regarding failure to install a safety guard. Willie and Annie Bailey brought an action against Hooper Concrete, I...

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    Frederick Douglass

    David W. Blight

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History“Extraordinary…a great American biography” (The New Yorker) of the most important AfricanAmerican of the nineteenth century: Frederick Dougla...

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    My Own Universe

    James Bailey

    Simon was a successful student with a promising career ahead of him. However, a new immersive video game has been released where he is able to create his own world and shape and de...

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    James Bailey v. Unemployment Compensation

    At Knoxville Supreme Court Of Tennessee

    James Bailey petitions this Court for review of an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (Board) order declaring him ineligible for benefits pursuant to Section 402(b) of the U...

  • Pale Reflection synopsis, comments

    Pale Reflection

    James Bailey

    In the near future death is little more than an inconvenience, a mind can simply be transferred into a new body upon death. Sam, a young boy, watches as his mother slowly passes a...

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    Lonely Child

    James Bailey

    “Lonely Child” is a scifi story of a young boy’s wish to be able to walk on our planet’s surface. He was born in zero gravity and has lived there since birth with his parents on a ...

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    Witch upon a Star

    Angela M. Sanders

    Set in smalltown Oregon, the latest in the witty, charming Witch Way Librarian series from Amazon bestselling and acclaimed author Angela M. Sanders features a spellbinding heroine...

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    James A. Bailey

    Gloria G. Adams

    Although history has swept James Anthony Bailey into the iconic shadow of P. T. Barnum, Bailey was the hardworking manager and the driving force behind The Greatest Show on Earth. ...

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    James Bailey

    A man sits on a bench in front of his old school remembering the place where one particular day changed his life and those of many others dramatically years earlier.

  • The Life of St Teresa of Avila by Herself synopsis, comments

    The Life of St Teresa of Avila by Herself

    Teresa of Ávila & J. Cohen

    Born in the Castilian town of Ávila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation when she was twentyone. Tormented by illness, doubts and selfrecrimination, she...

  • Economy Gastronomy synopsis, comments

    Economy Gastronomy

    Allegra McEvedy & Paul Merrett

    Learn how to eat better and spend less with deliciously easy recipes 'Delicious, thrifty, inspiring' GUARDIAN Featuring over 100 mouthwatering recipes and practical tips, Economy G...

  • Keto Diet For Beginnings Meal Prep Edition synopsis, comments

    Keto Diet For Beginnings Meal Prep Edition

    James Bailey

    On the ketogenic diet, a little preparation and prepping goes a long way toward success. With tips, lists, and instructions for planning your meals ahead of time, Keto Meal Prep wi...

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    Cemetery Lake

    Paul Cleave

    A heartthumping, noholdsbarred murdermystery that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Some secrets won't stay buried . . . A standard exhumation becomes anything but f...

  • Seven-Year Witch synopsis, comments

    Seven-Year Witch

    Angela M. Sanders

    Finding your feet in a new job isn’t always easy. That goes double for Josie Way, who’s settling in as Wilfred, Oregon’s, new librarianand has just discovered she’s a witch. But wi...

  • DrillGamez synopsis, comments


    James Bailey

    The history of Chicago's street gangs, so I researched news articles, books, forum posts, interviewed old students and people from Chicago communities, and researched old social se...

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    Wishful Thinking

    James Bailey

    Jack is convinced that vampires are real, determined to find one and convince him to transform him into an immortal. Unfortunately Jack might not be ready for the world he is tryin...

  • James P. Bailey v. James Rogers and Russell Keyser synopsis, comments

    James P. Bailey v. James Rogers and Russell Keyser

    Third District, Austin Court of Appeals of Texas

    Appellant has been before us once before in Bailey v. Tuck, 591 S.W.2d 605 (Tex.Civ.App.1979, writ refd n. r. e.), in which he sought a partnership dissolution, a final accounting,...

  • INVENTING WORLD 3.0 synopsis, comments


    Matthew James Bailey & Maria Mac Andrew

    Inventing World 3.0 is a thrilling guide on how humankind can advance beyond the limitations it faces today. To be successful, a revolutionary approach to artificial intelligence i...

  • Rules synopsis, comments


    Jane Beaton & Jenny Colgan

    "Funny, pageturning and addictive... just like Malory Towers for grownups" Sophie Kinsella Maggie loves teaching English at beautiful Downey House but she is less keen on planning...

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    Bailey James

    In this gripping, fastpaced thriller, Dr. Robert “Doc” Lamb, trauma surgeon, former Army Special Forces Intelligence officer and CIA covert operative, swore he would never go back ...

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    Show Off

    James Bailey

    David is bored with his life. After years of slaving away in a dead end job he has come to the realization that his thirty odd years have amounted to nothing.A violent encounter wi...

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    My Last Train Ride

    James Bailey

    A short story of the last train ride a Jewish person takes until their arrival at a death camp. Written from a first person perspective, this story tries to convey the despair one ...

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    Grave Ties

    James Bailey

    Lost, thirsty and sunburnt, Frank sees a petrol station in the distance, gleaming like an oasis. All Frank wishes to do is resupply and head back where he came from so he can find ...

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    New Exodus

    James Bailey

    A new home has finally been found by one of the seven ships that abandoned Earth thirty years earlier. Seth is one of the first to set foot on the planet and explore what appears t...

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    A Gnomish Solution

    James Bailey

    The town of Stolten is a quiet Dwarven town occasionally interrupted by the odd explosion from the nearby Gnomish village. Durban, the local Innkeeper, finds he must enlist the hel...

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    The Last Man

    James Bailey

    The universe is dying, slowly each star is petering out until everything goes dark. The last civilisation has entrusted it's future to one ship searching for a planet that can stil...

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    James Bailey

    John is a prospector on the moon of Callisto. While on a surveying trip he finds a derelict ship at the bottom of a valley. Checking out the wreck he realises that this vessel has ...

  • The Answer synopsis, comments

    The Answer

    James Bailey

    Brent has been searching for evidence of the afterlife, ghosts, anything supernatural for years with no success. With his money beginning to run out and resignation setting in, Bre...

  • A Gnomish Invention synopsis, comments

    A Gnomish Invention

    James Bailey

    Trouble has come again to the town of Stolten as an elf maiden collapses inside Durban's Inn, the last member of her party that had gotten lost in a blizzard. Durban goes out into ...

  • Bleak Rock synopsis, comments

    Bleak Rock

    James Bailey

    An accident on a distant asteroid mining base has plunged Seth and his fellow miners into despair. Food is running short, power is running low and tempers are flaring. As Seth and ...

  • Great Maritime Achievers in Science and Technology synopsis, comments

    Great Maritime Achievers in Science and Technology

    George MacBeath

    Generations of practical and ingenious Maritimers have given the word great things. Since the midnineteenth century, scientists have fanned out into the world from colleges and uni...

  • Brainjack synopsis, comments


    James Bailey

    A space station around Mars has suffered a series of strange murders. Jack, the security chief of the station, must struggle against the odds to find out who or what is causing the...

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    Keto Diet For Beginnings

    James Bailey

    The ketogenic diet is a lowcarb, highfat diet that follows the Atkins and lowcarb diets in many ways. It entails dramatically lowering carbohydrate consumption and substituting fat...

  • Night Caller synopsis, comments

    Night Caller

    James Bailey

    Gary appears to be a normal man, bit of a night owl but friendly with his neighbours. Gary, however is a vampire who spends his evenings trawling the city for just the right person...