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31 August 2013

George Miller (1850 – 1928) tightrope performer, railroad worker

George Miller was best known a tight rope performer from the age of 18. From 1871 he was with the newly formed P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome.

In later years he also worked as a railroad night-watchman, farmhand and section hand on the Chicago Great Western Railway.
It did come out that he was female-bodied, and he was once quoted: "Men have an easier time than women, and get all the breaks".

He continued as a man for sixty years until his death at age 78.
  • F. Michael Moore. Drag!: Male and Female Impersonators on Stage, Screen, and Television : an Illustrated World History. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1994: 123.

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