James Anthony McGinnis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

James Anthony McGinnis was born in Detroit, Michigan back in 1847.  I do not have any information about his parents only that he was orphaned at an early age.  He began working as a bellhop in Pontiac, Michigan when he was approached by Frederic who gave him a job as his assistant, and as they say the rest is history.  The pair travelled together for many years. They were apparently close as later James took Frederic’s last name as his own.

James married Ruth McCaddon of Zanesville, Ohio.  He died in 1906 at the age of 58 and is buried in Mount Vernon New York. 

Now if I may tell you the rest of the story for you see James Anthony McGinnis changed his last name to Bailey.  As for his job, well he worked for the Cooper and Bailey circus which later became known as the Barnum & Bailey Circus.  The history books call him a circus ringmaster.  So all you history buffs did you know this one before I told you?

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

James Dray Yup; you definitely caught me on this one this morning! Thanks for the education for the day. Signing off from Circus City; Sarasota, FL!

Jan 07, 2017 04:51 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I do not remember his fame.

Make yourself an astonishing day

Jan 07, 2017 04:52 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Nope, I didn't know but loved the B and B circus as a kid.

Jan 07, 2017 05:16 AM #3
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

The roads that people take are so interesting!

Jan 07, 2017 05:40 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Not even a full cup of coffee brought me out of the fog! Absolutely, no clue! 7 for 7 in 2017! Enjoy your day!

Jan 07, 2017 05:51 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well another stamper today you must be the trivia ringmaster in the Rain.

Jan 07, 2017 06:15 AM #6
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

I had no clue..you stumped me this morning! It really is interesting to see where live takes those that are open to possibilities!

Jan 07, 2017 07:06 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very cool, I have always enjoyed that circus, many fun times there as a kid, but I haven't been to one in a very long time.

Jan 07, 2017 07:30 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I think this is terrific and no I didn't know. TY

Jan 07, 2017 09:13 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another one I did not know anything about...LOL  A

Jan 07, 2017 10:48 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I honestly had no clue!  All of the people that you share with us and we had no knowledge of them. 

Jan 07, 2017 11:26 AM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I had no idea about this guy, James. He must have had a very interesting life. 

Jan 07, 2017 08:22 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Interesting that he changed his name to Bailey.  He died too young - only 58 years old.

Jan 12, 2017 11:38 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WOW, that's an very interesting story, James Dray - it's so rare that a man changes his name but, who knew that an orphan who did so would be so well known for decades to come?!  Hope you have a great week!

Feb 05, 2017 02:17 PM #14
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

you always provide such interesting factoids! I learn from every post you write! Thanks - 

Apr 25, 2017 04:53 AM #15
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