Charles Ringling

Charles Ringling

Original Name Charles Edward Rüngeling
McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Death 3 Dec 1926 (aged 63)
Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
Burial Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida, USA
Plot Section G
Memorial ID 2700 · View Source
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Businessman. Born one of seven sons of a German immigrant and harness maker, after moving to Baraboo, Wisconsin the brothers Ringling created and performed a vaudeville-type show in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, on November 27, 1882. Two years later, the Ringling Brothers were able to open their first circus. By 1887, the growing Ringling brothers' show was called Ringling Bros. United Monster Shows, Great Double Circus, Royal European Menagerie, Museum, Caravan, and Congress of Trained Animals. By 1900, Ringling Brothers had one of the largest shows in the country and began absorbing other circuses. In 1907, the Ringlings purchased their largest competitor, Barnum & Bailey Circus; The Greatest Show on Earth became the property of the Ringlings for $400,000. Charles was the operating manager in charge of production for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was an early settler and developer of Sarasota, Florida. He donated land for a courthouse for the newly created Sarasota County and founded Sarasota's third bank, the Ringling Bank and Trust Company. He was a working president of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce when he died. Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota is named for him.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Ringling (2 Dec 1863–3 Dec 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2700, citing Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .