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Polito, Stephen [formerly Stephano]locked

(1763/4–1814)
  • Mark Sorrell

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Polito, Stephen [formerly Stephano] (1763/4–1814), menagerie keeper and showman, was born Stephano Polito at Moltrasio on Lake Como in Italy, the son of Francesca Polito; details of his father are unknown. He changed his forename to Stephen on becoming a naturalized Englishman. In his early career ...

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