Thomas Taplin Cooke

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Thomas Taplin Cooke (1782–1866) [1] was an eminent English showman, born in Warwick, who toured in America as well as his own country. In 1997 Cooke was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame. [2]

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  1. William L. Slout (1998). Olympians of the Sawdust Circle: A Biographical Dictionary of the Nineteenth Century American Circus. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 60–. ISBN   978-0-8095-1310-9 . Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. "International Circus Hall of Fame Inductees, Peru Indiana" . Retrieved 9 June 2013.