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Major Mite

Major Mite

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Clarence C. “Major Mite” Howerton was born in February 1913, and was billed by the press as the smallest man in the world.  He stood only 28 in (71 cm) tall and weighed just 20 lb (9 kg).  He was so small that he once travled from New York to Chicago to find a tailor shop who would make a tuxedo for his diminutive size.  He wore custom-made shoes just 2.5 in (6 cm) long.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus signed up Major Mite in 1923, when he was ten years old, and he starred in its sideshow for more than 25 years.  As well as being a big draw on the sideshow circuit, Major Mite featured in several Our Gang comedy shorts and played a trumpet-playing munchkin in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.  After a life in showbusiness, he died in Oregon at the age of 62.

Sharp Dressed Man

At only 28 inches tall when fully grown, Major Mite was no bigger than the average toddler.

Major Mite occasionally liked to shock people by dressing up in children's clothing then smoking and raucously shouting.


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4 Comments to “Major Mite”
  1. fuck this shite bitch

  2. I like this book. It has cool pictures. I like the pictures of major mite.

  3. Christy Howerton says:

    This Is My Great Great Uncle. I Never Got The ChaNce To Meet Him But He Was An Amazing Person.

  4. I just was reading about him on Wiki. Very interesting person.

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