Francis Joseph Flynn

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Francis Joseph Flynn
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Flynn with wife Millie Edwards
BornOctober 6, 1864
DiedOctober 5, 1898 (aged 33)
Other namesGeneral Mite
Height21 in (53 cm) (age 16)[1]
Spouse(s)Emily "Millie" Edwards

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 an 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, one day before his 34th birthday.


  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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