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 William F. Duggan

William F. Duggan

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Death 22 Dec 1950 (aged 51)
Burial Moultrie, Colquitt County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 4996 · View Source
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Circus owner. Most notable for his unique grave marker.

William F. Duggan, born in Moultrie, GA on January 18, 1899, wanted to work in a circus all his life. At age 12 he ran away from home to join the Sparks Circus. His assigned chore was to feed the elephants and he soon fell in love with these beasts. In 1950 Duggan's dream of one day owning his own circus became reality when he purchased the Pan American Animal Exhibit and turned it into the Hagen-Wallace Circus. Sadly, Duggan never saw his circus perform as he died a short time later while his cirucs wintered in Florida. He was buried in Moultrie, and to honor his dad, Duggan's son arranged for this life-size replica of Nancy, Duggan's beloved baby elephant, to be carved from Tate, GA white marble and placed on his father's grave. The cost of the sculpture was $ 10,000. It said to be the only elephant memorial in a cemetery in the world.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 2 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4996
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William F. Duggan (18 Jan 1899–22 Dec 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4996, citing Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Moultrie, Colquitt County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .