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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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Aleatha RomigJuly 27, 2021Get

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Raven StormMay 16, 2022Get

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Chelle BlissJanuary 15, 2019Get

Falling in love is supposed to be the easy part. But nothing prepared me for losing my wife. I promised her that I’d love again. Find someone to mend my broken heart. And that seems imposs...

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Kathryn Meyer GriffithSeptember 13, 2014Get

Abigail Sutton's beloved husband walks out one night, doesn't return, and two years later is found dead, a victim of a long ago crime. It's made her sympathetic to the missing and their fami...

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Carly PhillipsApril 20, 2021Get

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Lexy TimmsFebruary 11, 2022Get

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Mr. Nice Guy

Belinda WilliamsJune 28, 2021Get

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Matthew RyanOctober 1, 2014Get

Mr Taco is feeling sad, it’s not easy being a little taco when everything around you is so BIG! Luckily, Patrick has a few ideas to help his friend... ————  NOT YOUR REGULAR S...

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J. SterlingDecember 16, 2021Get

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Apple Inc.September 20, 2021Get

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Serena BellMay 20, 2021Get

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Cynthia EdenJuly 13, 2021Get

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Susannah NixApril 19, 2022Get

She’s an A-list Hollywood starlet. He’s a gossip reporter. Sleeping with the enemy has never been sweeter…  Kimberleigh Cress didn’t get to be one of the one of the hottest youn...

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Charles WhitingJune 15, 2020Get

From the carnage of war a new hero is born. 1920. The slaughter of World War One is over, but already secret little wars are breaking out all over 'New Europe'. Sub-Lieutenant de Vere Smith ...

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Jordan HollisAugust 29, 2018Get

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Laura HeffernanNovember 23, 2021Get

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Lisa SwiftMarch 11, 2020Get

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Michael GordonJuly 8, 2019Get

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Phillipa Nefri ClarkFebruary 14, 2017Get

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Lili ValenteOctober 3, 2019Get

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Jane AustenJanuary 28, 1813Get

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Lexy TimmsMarch 17, 2020Get

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Annmarie BoyleNovember 9, 2020Get

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Dakota CassidySeptember 24, 2019Get

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Leigh JamesFebruary 13, 2015Get

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Simon JamieAugust 1, 2012Get

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Brenda RothertAugust 24, 2021Get

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Lexy TimmsJuly 23, 2015Get

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Julie JohnsonNovember 2, 2018Get

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Sophie-Leigh RobbinsSeptember 7, 2021Get

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Albert RutherfordJune 7, 2020Get

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Lexy TimmsNovember 19, 2014Get

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Kathryn R. BielMay 21, 2020Get

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Chelle BlissJuly 31, 2018Get

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Victoria WaltersSeptember 25, 2019Get

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Some Call It Love

Sarah PeisAugust 20, 2018Get

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Outsmart Your Brain

Steven SchusterJune 8, 2020Get

What motivates us into doing or avoiding things? Why do our predictions not reflect reality?  Traditional economics claims humans are rational actors. But is this true? Think about the ...

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Elle KennedyAugust 6, 2018Get

New York Times bestseller! Get ready for another binge-worthy romance from international bestselling author Elle Kennedy! Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because the...

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Love in a Small Town

Zoe YorkOctober 6, 2020Get

Are they one late-night hayride away from tumbling back into a very bad idea? Olivia Minelli needs a one-way ticket out of Pine Harbour. It's too small for both her and her ex-husband. So wh...

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Skye WarrenJune 14, 2022Get

Carter Morelli works alone, but his orders are clear. Pilot the small aircraft carrying the renowned photographer to a remote island. June Porter wants to stay on solid land. She doesn't...

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Today I Am Mad

Michael GordonSeptember 7, 2020Get

Kids feel emotions in big ways! Here's a great story for helping kids manage their feelings. * Help children learn to identify and regulate their ...

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The Cornish Village School - Breaking the Rules

Kitty WilsonJune 11, 2018Get

Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for love. Following heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now headmistress of the local school, she is liv...

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The Deal

Elle KennedyFebruary 24, 2015Get

The international bestseller! Get ready for another binge-worthy romance from New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy! She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy… Hannah We...

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Let's Talk About Hard Things

Anna SaleMay 4, 2021Get

From the host of the popular WNYC podcast Death, Sex, & Money , Let’s Talk About Hard Things is “like a good conversation with a friend” ( The New Yorker ) where “no topic is off...

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An Acquired Taste

Kelly CainJune 8, 2021Get

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The Tanglewood Tea Shop

Lilac MillsJanuary 31, 2019Get

What happens after your dreams come true? Patisserie-Chef Stevie is stuck in a rut. Her beloved Great Aunt Peggy has passed away and she’s lost both her job and the love of her life. Then ...

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Mr. Trouble

Nana MaloneAugust 1, 2018Get

Yeah, I'm trouble...so what? Women like it. That and my big...bank account. Not to mention my, ah, silver tongue. I'm the prince of my world, right up until the king gets upset. My f...

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Jaxon

Olivia SandsJune 2, 2019Get

She's his little sister's best friend.  Completely off limits.  And now they're working together. Jaxon Green 's plans to offer a summer camp for kids at his thoroughbred training ...

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In Light of the Summit

Jamie McGillenDecember 31, 2020Get

The much-anticipated sequel to In Sight of the Mountain! After Anna Gallagher's first climb on Mt. Rainier, she faces a new challenge—enduring the ridicule and threats that come with break...

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