Biography of Theodore Downs Barnum


Barnum, Theodore Downs, Buffalo, son of Stephen O. and Elizabeth (Chatfield) Barnum, was born in Utica, N. Y., April 23, 1842, and when an infant was brought by his parents to Buffalo, where his father has long been a prominent merchant and respected citizen. Mr. Barnum received his education in the Mount Vernon Boarding School and at Canandaigua Academy, and on the first call for troops in 1861 offered his services by helping to raise and organize a company of volunteers at Canandaigua. His place in this company, however, was filled and he promptly enlisted in Co. B, 74th N. Y. Regt., N. G., being chosen first lieutenant and afterward succeeding to the captaincy. On the call for troops at the first of the Gettysburg raid he went to the front with that regiment, and after serving on the field for some time was ordered with his regiment to New York city to aid in quelling the draft riots. From there he returned to Buffalo and entered his father's store, in which he is now an active partner, the firm name being S. O. Barnum & Son. As a soldier and officer Captain Barnum served with much distinction, and as a business man he has achieved success and deserved popularity. June 21, 1864, he married Sarah, daughter of Rev. J. T. Avery of Cleveland, O., and their children are Fanny Elizabeth (Mrs. Langford S. Keating). Evelyn Avery and Stephana Ostrom.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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