The Fairy Wedding group, Charles S. Stratton ("General Tom Thumb") and his bride Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, alongside her sister Huldah Pierce Warren Bump ("Minnie Warren") and George Washington Morrison ("Commodore") Nutt, entertainers associated with P.T. Barnum, in wedding clothes. From the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
Warren was born in Middleborough, Massachusetts, the daughter of Huldah Pierce (Warren) and James Sullivan Bump. She was from a respected family whose roots went back to the beginning of the colony. Minnie and her sister had both been born at a normal birth weight but then stopped growing early in their lives. Their siblings were of a normal stature.
In addition to the public interest in her tiny stature, Minnie performed as a singer. She married Edmund Newell, who was also a dwarf and paid performer for P. T. Barnum.
Warren died from complications in childbirth on July 23, 1878. The baby, a girl who weighed 6 pounds, died a few hours later.