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Turner, Aaron

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Turner, Aaron (1790-1854), born in Ridgebury, was an American circus pioneer; by 1820, his son, Napoleon, age 7, was a trick rider in NYC circus; by 1828, Turner had his own circus, in 1836, hired P.T. Barnum as his ticket seller, secretary, treasurer, and eventually, partner; retired from the circus world and operated Danbury hotel, called Turner House.

From Jack Sanders, Who Was Who in Ridgefield.

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