Charles Sherwood Stratton (January 4, 1838 - July 15, 1883), "General Tom Thumb", was an American dwarf performer. P.T. Barnum, a distant relative, taught the boy how to sing, dance, mime, and impersonate famous people. Barnum took young Stratton on a tour of Europe, making him an international celebrity. His marriage with a little person, Lavinia Warren (October 31, 1842 - November 25, 1919), became front-page news.