Ben Davenport elephants in United States

Ben Davenport

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Ben Davenport elephants, in Gonzales, Texas, United States .

Comments / picturesBen Davenport was owner of Dailey Brothers Circus, as well as importer of many elephants from Asia, through his elephant trainer Louis Reed of Chatham, N.Y. Mr. Reed made two trips to India and brought back 16 elephants in all.

Records about Ben Davenport from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
1947-1948: There were two elephant shipments brought over by Reed for Ben Davenport. The first arrived in June 1947 and the second in January 1948. Tommy was in the first consignment.
Richard Reynolds

William "Buckles" Woodcock

1947: Ben Davenport imported seven baby Asian elephants. Charlie and Tommy were the two males and the remaining females Mary, Maude (not to be confused with Maude owned by Charles B. Weir), Norma, Bessie and Konti.

The versatile and talented Arumai (sometimes "Arokiaswami") Singh came to America from his native India in 1947 with Louis Reed and a shipment of elephants destined for Dailey Bros Circus.
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1948: A second shipment from India arrived at Boston Harbour January 9, 1948, with nine elephants, along with three zebras, four pythons and 200 monkeys. Two other elephants died in route – probably from heart trouble induced by the high seas. (one in this 1948 imports was Baby Butch)

1950: "Dailey Bros. owner Ben Davenport gave daughter Norma five elephants--Norma, Mary, Maude, Bessie and Konti, in 1950 as a wedding present after she married Pete Cristiani. They became the Norma Cristiani elephants and were used on various circuses and Shrine dates until (according to Norma) she sold them to Beatty-Cole in 1960." Lane Talburt

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Ben Davenport, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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