Sarah Rector--By the age of 10, she became the richest Black child in America. She received a land grant from the Creek Nation as part of reparations. Soon after, oil was discovered on her property. By 1912, the revenue from this oil was $371,000 per year (roughly $6.5 million today). Despite various attempts to steal her land and fortune, Sarah resisted. She went on to attend Tuskegee University and eventually settled in Kansas City, Missouri where her mansion still stands.
General Tom Thumb (1838-1883) was a little person who achieved great fame under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Above is a photo taken Feb 10, 1863 of his marriage to Lavinia Warren at Grace Episcopal Church. The best man at the wedding was George Washington Morrison “Commodore” Nutt, another little person who performed in Barnum’s employ. Following the wedding, the couple was received by President Lincoln at the White House.