who said "There's a sucker born every minute."?
- labmuttmixLv 51 decade agoBest Answer
The phrase is most often attributed to P.T. Barnum of Barnum and Bailey Circus fame but it was actually uttered by David Hannum according to wikipedia.com
- 1 decade ago
This answer is serious and academic:
"There's a sucker born every minute" is a phrase often credited to P.T. Barnum (1810 – 1891), an American showman. It is generally taken to mean that there are (and always will be) a lot of gullible people in the world.
However, when Barnum's biographer tried to track down when Barnum had uttered this phrase, all of Barnum's friends and acquaintances told him it was out of character. Barnum's credo was more along the lines of "there's a customer born every minute" — he wanted to find ways to draw new customers in all the time because competition was fierce and people bored easily.
While some sources claim the quote is most likely from famous con-man Joseph ("Paper Collar Joe") Bessimer, it was actually uttered by David Hannum, spoken in reference to Barnum's part in the Cardiff Giant Hoax. Hannum, who was exhibiting the original giant and had sued Barnum unsuccessfully for exhibiting a copy and claiming it was the original, was referring to the crowds continuing to pay to see Barnum's exhibit even after both it and the original had been proven to be fakes.
In turn, it was erroneously attributed to Barnum's fellow circus owner and arch-rival Adam Forepaugh attributed the quote to Barnum in a newspaper interview in an attempt to discredit him. However, Barnum never denied making the quote. It is said that he thanked Forepaugh for the free publicity he had given him.
Yet another source credits late 1860s Chicago "bounty broker, saloon and gambling-house keeper, eminent politician, and dispenser of cheating privileges..." Michael Cassius McDonald as the originator of the aphorism. According to the book Gem of the Prairie: Chicago Underworld (1940) by Herbert Asbury, when McDonald was equipping his gambling house known as The Store (at Clark and Monroe Streets in Chicago) his partner Harry Lawrence expressed concern over the large number of roulette wheels and faro tables being installed and their ability to get enough players to play the games. McDonald then allegedly said, "Don't worry about that, there's a sucker born every minute."
The earliest known appearance of the phrase in print is in Opie Read's 1898 novel A Yankee from the West.
In the John Dos Passos novel The 42nd Parallel, the quotation is attributed to Mark Twain.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Some mobster guy or some carnival guy from the early part of the century. There's a sucker born every minute, is a con game name and a lot of cons in the early part of the century would say that amongst themselves ... so then they would not be inclined to think otherwise.... To keep their chops up!
- HeyvennLv 41 decade ago
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
The sucker who said it
- 4 years ago
Donald Trump and Fox News
- Michelle LLv 41 decade ago
- SgtMotoLv 61 decade ago
P.T.Barnum a well known hoaxer and did everything and anything to visit his museum. He is also said to have put up a sign with large arrow that said "egress.," a word that means exit so that more people could get into his museum.
- JanetLv 71 decade ago
- vimesfan01Lv 61 decade ago