W. W. Cole

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W. W. Cole
Profession circus director
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Born 1847 New York City in United States

Spouse(s) Margaret Koble

Country United States

Title owner 1898-1904
Location at Forepaugh-Sells Show in United States

Title owner 1871-1886
Location at W. W. Coles Circus in United States

Title artist 1860
Location at Orton Brothers Circus in United States

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William Washington Cole , circus director in United States

Born 1847 in United States dead 1915-03-10 , son of artist William Cole and artist Mary Cooke .

William H. Cole (English Clown & contortionist) d.1858 married Mary Ann Cooke daughter of Thomas Taplin Cooke (1782-1866), of the Cooke's Royal Circus in New York (came from England, toured America 1836 to 1840).

William H. Cole died in 1858. They had a child named William Washington Cole (WW Cole) who was 15 years old when his father died. In 1860 Mary Ann and her son WW traveled west into Iowa and joined with the Orton Circus. Mary Ann married Miles Orton (1836-1903) (Orton Bros Circus) on her husband's death.

William & Mary's son William Washington "Chilly Billy" Cole 1847-1915 born in NY founded W.W. Cole Circus, made $million, and sold it to two Canadian brothers. He was an only child and married Margaret Koble. There is a book written about him called Chilly Billy.

He died on March 10, 1915. He left an estate in excess of $5,000,000.

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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director William Washington Cole in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 21 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/person.php?id=1402. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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