Hugh Murphy, The Irish Giant
Erin Go Bragh! Sure and ’tis another St. Patty’s Day post!
Hugh Murphy the Irish Giant (later billed as the Baltimore Giant) was born in Waterford Ireland in 1842, and employed by P.T. Barnum in the 1860s. A little over 7 feet tall, he was advertised as being closer to 8.
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