Top 10 Real-Life Grinches

These historical humbugs rival Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch in their lack of Christmas spirit

Diamond Jim Brady's generosity during the recession-wracked Christmas of 1896 was fueled by ill-gotten gains. (Bettmann / Corbis)

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article included a photo of film actor Edward Arnold portraying Diamond Jim Brady. That photo has been replaced with one of the real-life Diamond Jim.

About T.A. Frail
T.A. Frail

Tom Frail is a senior editor for Smithsonian magazine. He previously worked as a senior editor for the Washington Post and for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.

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