Forepaugh, Adam

Forepaugh, Adam

(1831–90) showman; born in Philadelphia. A horse trader who became circus owner by default in 1862, he thrived in the business until his death, drawing crowds with the great clown Dan Rice, and rivaling P. T. Barnum.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.