John Ringling

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John Ringling
Profession circus director
Personal details
Country United States

Work locations
Title owner 1929-1932
Location at Sells-Floto Circus in United States

Title owner 1929
Location at Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus in United States

Title owner 1929
Location at American Circus Corporation in United States

Title owner 1919-1936
Location at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

Title owner 1907-1919
Location at Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

Title owner 1884-1919
Location at Ringling Bros. Circus in United States

Biography details

Johan Nicholas Ringling (Rüngeling), circus director in United States

Born 1866-05-31 dead 1936-12-02 , son of assistant director August Ringling and assistant director Marie Salomé Ringling .

John Nicholas Ringling (May 31, 1866 – December 2, 1936) was an American entrepreneur who is the best known of the seven Ringling brothers, five of whom merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own Ringling Bros. Circus World's Greatest Shows to create a virtual monopoly of traveling circuses and helped shape the modern circus.

Hagenbeck-Wallace sold to John Ringling


The successor company of the American Circus Company was sold by Jerry Mugivan, Bert Bowers and Ed Ballard to John Ringling of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey in 1929 for $2 million, along with the Al G. Barnes Amusement Co., Sells-Floto Circus Co., John Robinson Circus Shows, and Sparks Circus Co. With that acquisition, John Ringling controlled virtually every travelling circus in America.

1932: Due to the Great Depression two of the shows had already been taken off the road. The John Robinson elephants were divided between Hagenbeck-Wallace and Sells-Floto Circus which was easily accomplished since all three herds shared the same barn in Peru.

Records about John Ringling from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at http://www.bucklesw.blogspot.com/
John Ringling
When John Ringling purchased the American Circus Corporation in 1929 the five circuses included 57 elephants ranging from 13 with Hagenbeck-Wallace to 9 with Sparks. By 1932 however, due to the Great Depression two of the shows had already been taken off the road. The John Robinson Circus elephants were divided between Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and Sells-Floto Circus which was easily accomplished since all three herds shared the same barn in Peru.

Above we see Cheerful Gardner's 1931-32 twenty elephant Herd with Hagenbeck-Wallac Circus and directly behind the second man from right are two of the males "Tommy" (one tusk) and "Prince". Absorbing the Sparks Circus elephants into the Ringling-Barnum Herd was also a "no brainer" since the Sparks Show shared the Sarasota Quarters and all they had to do was change the title on the bull car. This brought the RBBB Herd up to 41 despite the fact that the 1933 "50th Anniversary" tour boldly claimed 50 elephants.

William "Buckles" Woodcock




In addition to owning and managing many of the largest circuses in the United States, he was also a rancher, a real estate developer and art collector. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1987.

Siblings

Siblings through the father August Ringling (1826-1898):

  1. Ida Ringling
  2. Albert Ringling
  3. Augustus Ringling
  4. William Ringling
  5. Alfred Ringling
  6. Charles Ringling
  7. Henry Ringling

John Ringling s ancestral Ahnentafel:

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John Ringling
Born: 1866-05-31

Father:
Heinrich

Born: 1826

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Mother:
Marie

Born: 1833

Maternal Grandfather:
Nicholas

Born: 1798
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Maria

Born: 1806-12-09
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Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2021). director Marie Ringling in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 October 2022 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=502. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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