George F. Bailey

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George F. Bailey
Profession circus director
Personal details
Born 1818-10-29 North Salem, NY in United States
Dead 1903-02-20 New York City in United States
Country United States

Title owner 1865
Location at Great European Circus in United States

Title owner -
Location at George F. Bailey & Co Circus in United States

Biography details

George Fox Bailey , circus director in United States

Born 1818-10-29 in United States dead 1903-02-20 in United States .

Records about George F. Bailey from the Circus Historical Society
(October 29, 1818-February 20, 1903) Born in North Salem, NY, the nephew of old Hachaliah Bailey and son-in-law of Aaron Turner. One of P. T. Barnum’s silent partners, 1876-80. One of the greatest showmen of his generation. Started in the circus field with Aaron Turner, where he learned the business; married Turner’s daughter and later became his partner at a time when P. T. Barnum was Turner’s treasurer. When Turner retired, Bailey took control of the show; was out with the title of Ballard & Bailey, 1855, and by 1860 was advertising the show under his own name, G. F. Bailey & Co. Acquiring a hippopotamus years before Barnum, he toured the midwest, 1857, under the title of The Grand Metropolitan Quadruple Combination Con- sisting of George F. Bailey & Co.’s Circus, Herr Driesbach’s Menagerie, G. C. Quick’s Colossal Hippopotamus, and Sands, Nathans & Co.’s Performing Elephants. After several years of solo operation, became a partner, 1858, with Avery Smith, John Nathans and Lewis June, second generation “Flatfoots.” They took out the Barnum show, 1876-80. Retired after being in the business for 40 years. Died in NYC, age 85, leaving an estate of over a half-million dollars.

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). director George Fox Bailey in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 23 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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