John O’Brien

From the list of elephant persons Family: O’Brien

John O’Brien
Profession circus animal trainer
Personal details
Dead 1902 Baraboo in United States

Spouse(s) - 1902 Jennie Power

Country United States

Title animal trainer -1902
Location at Ringling Bros. Circus in United States

Biography details

John O’Brien , circus animal trainer in United States

dead 1902 in United States .

Records about John O’Brien from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at's parents were Jeanette Lush O'Brien and John O'Brien. John O'Brien was a famous horse trainer for the circuses of the time. Jennie O'Brien was a high school equestrienne with the circus, and her husband trained her mounts.

After John's death in Baraboo in 1902, Jeanette (Jennie) O'Brien later married Bill Power, the elephant trainer, and young George learned the elephants from his stepfather.

George Power became famous for training the elephants to do amazing skits such as a mock baseball game, a war battle scene, a barbershop scene, bowling, and the waltz, two-step, Charleston, foxtrot, and hula dances. Power's Elephants were at the New York Hippodrome from 1905-1922; in vaudeville from 1923-1926; in Europe with Bertram Mills Circus from 1926-1937; returned to the States in 1937; and worked fairs and circuses until George Power grew ill and the surviving elephants were sold in 1942.

Melani Carty

William "Buckles" Woodcock


Total: 1 children

  1. George Power.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). animal trainer John O’Brien in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 4 March 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

Selected publications

Links about George Power

Search more with Google for John O’Brien The link will automatically include John O’Brien and open a new browser window.

Search more on the Internet Web for John O’Brien The link will automatically include John O’Brien and open a new browser window

Categories animal trainer | circus | Ringling Bros. Circus | O’Brien family | Dead 1902 | People from United States

About this documentThis document was updated: 2022-04-03 06:34:47. with valid HTML5 Valid CSS

Elephant Encyclopedia and database

Established 1995
Established 2006
Your ip:
Kulen Elephant Forest