Otto Ringling

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Otto Ringling
William  Ringling

Personal details
Country United States

Title owner 1907-1911
Location at Barnum & Bailey Circus in United States

Title owner 1884-1911
Location at Ringling Bros. Circus in United States

Biography details

William Henry "Otto" Ringling , circus director in United States

Born 1858 in United States dead 1911 in United States , son of assistant director August Ringling and assistant director Marie Salomé Ringling .

Otto Ringling (born William Henry Ringling; 1858 – April 2, 1911) was an American Circusman, businessman, and the third oldest of the Ringling brothers. He was the co-founder of the Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows, which eventually became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was called the "Lieutenant General" of the Ringling family. Upon his death, the New York Times described him as "a man of great ideas and ambition, and an executive of force and character." He was nicknamed "The King" in the circus business.

Starting in 1909, Ringling suffered from Bright's disease.

In 1910, he sent John Ringling his will and testament. Ringling trusted John more than any of his brothers, as John showed the least interest in the monetary and business aspects of the family business.

Ringling died suddenly, in 1911, at the home of John Ringling, located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York. He was buried in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

1907: Barnum and Bailey Circus circus was eventually sold to Ringling Brothers on July 8, 1907 for a price of US$400,000.

Records about Otto Ringling from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
The Ringlings had decided to shutter F-S after they had bought B&B in October 1907. They shifted a lot of stuff to B&B as it was somewhat run down, physically.Otto Ringling went to the Bridgeport quarters right after the purchase was consummated. His letters to his brothers point out the poor state of B&B's equipment - -even so the name still had more magic than any show.

Richard Reynolds

Records about Otto Ringling from William "Buckles" Woodcocks Blog at
Legend further states that the death of Otto Ringling, the first of the founding brothers to depart was the reason for the final termination of the 4-Paw -Sells Show at the conclusion of the 1911 season.

William "Buckles" Woodcock


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

  1. Ida Ringling Born 1874 Dead: † 1950
  2. Albert Ringling Born 1852 Dead: † 1916
  3. Augustus Ringling Born 1854 Dead: † 1907-12-18
  4. Alfred Ringling Born 1861 Dead: † 1919
  5. Charles Ringling Born 1863-12-02 Dead: † 1926-12-03
  6. Johan Ringling Born 1866-05-31 Dead: † 1936-12-02
  7. Henry Ringling Born 1869 Dead: † 1918

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Otto Ringling
Born: 1858

Heinrich Ringling

Born: 1826

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Marie Juliar

Born: 1833

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Nicholas Juliar

Born: 1798
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Maria Etling

Born: 1806-12-09
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). director William Henry "Otto" Ringling in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 25 July 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Categories director | circus | Barnum & Bailey Circus | Ringling family | Born 1858 | Dead 1911 | People from United States

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