Francis Joseph Flynn

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Francis Joseph Flynn
Millie Edwards and Francis Flynn.png
Flynn with wife Millie Edwards
Born Ash Asheville Devon Texas Gaston
October 6, 1864
Greene, New York, U.S.
Died October 5, 1898 (aged 33)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Other names General Mite
Occupation Showman
Height 21 in (53 cm) (age 16)[1]
Weight 9 lb (4.1 kg)
Spouse(s) Emily "Millie" Edwards
Notes

Francis Joseph Flynn (6 October 1864 – 5 October 1898), better known as General Mite, was an American dwarf who performed as a showman at various competitions around the world.

Flynn was born on 6 October 1864 in Greene, New York, the son of Edward Finnion Flynn and Mary Ann Flynn and brother to Alice Flynn. They were of average height.

In 1884, Flynn married English dwarf, Millie Edwards, in England.[3] The wedding was widely publicized and attended. From then on, the couple were exhibited as the "Royal American Midgets" and "General and Mrs. Mite" in many advertisements.[4]

In 1890, Flynn and Edwards moved to Australia. Flynn died in Broken Hill, New South Wales on 5 October 1898, just a day before his 34th birthday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruoff, Henry W. (1922). The Standard dictionary of facts : history, language, literature, biography... Frontier Press. p. 786. OCLC 21954748. twenty-one inches at sixteen 
  2. ^ Phyfe, William Henry Pinkney (1966). 5000 facts and fancies; a cyclopaedia of important, curious, quaint... Gale Research. p. 252. OCLC 369362. 
  3. ^ a b Haydn, Joseph; Benjamin Vincent (1906). Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information Relating to All Ages ... G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 419. OCLC 12934491. 
  4. ^ "DETAILS OF THE MIDGETS' MARRIAGE" (PDF). The New York Times. 15 June 1884. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 

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