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  • George Washington Morrison Nutt was a 19th-century American entertainer. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Nutt was a midget. It is not known exactly why, how or when Nutt joined the entertainment industry, but he was touring New England with a circus when P. T. Barnum met and hired him in 1861 to appear as an attraction at the American Museum in New York City. Barnum gave Nutt the stage name, Commodore Nutt, a lavish wardrobe that included miniature naval uniforms, and a tiny carriage in the shape of an English walnut. Commodore Nutt and General Tom Thumb became rivals for the hand of miniature Museum attraction, Lavinia Warren. Thumb won Lavinia, and, Commodore Nutt, once he had resigned himself to the loss of Lavinia, stood Thumb's best man at the couple's 1863 wedding in Grace Episcopal Church, New York City. Although Nutt forswore women after his disappointment in love, he eventually married Lilian Elston of Redwood City, California. Nutt toured the world between 1869 and 1872 with the Thumbs and Lavinia's miniature sister, Minnie Warren. The four returned to America rich beyond their dreams. Nutt had a dispute with Barnum after the tour, and struck out on his own.

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