Henry Ringling North
Born Henry Whitestone North
(1909-11-12)November 12, 1909
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 2, 1983(1983-10-02) (aged 73)
Begnins, Switzerland
Education Yale University (1933)
Spouse(s) Gloria de la Feld
Parents Ida Loraina Wihelmina Ringling
Harry Whitestone North
Relatives John Ringling North, brother
John Nicholas Ringling, uncle

Henry Ringling North (12 November 1909 – 2 October 1983) was the vice president, treasurer, director and operations chief, while his brother, John Ringling North, was the president and chairman of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Biography[edit | edit source]

He was born in Chicago and attended Yale University. He always planned to join the family circus: "I never had another thought, and neither did my brother," he told The New York Post in an interview in 1965. "Once I tried juggling torches, fortunately with gloves on," he said. "I caught the wrong end every time." In World War II he served in the Navy and the Office of Strategic Services, where he arranged the rescue of three anti-fascists imprisoned by Mussolini. The feat earned him a Silver Star. In the 1960s he became an Irish citizen. He was involved with two oil firms in Oklahoma. His first two marriages ended in divorce. He died on 2 October 1993 in Begnins near Geneva, Switzerland.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lambert, Bruce (3 October 1983). "Henry Ringling North, 83, Dies; Owner Who Modernized Circus". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE0DE1E3BF930A35753C1A965958260. Retrieved 2008-07-22. "Henry Ringling North, a former owner and manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus founded by his uncles, died yesterday at a hospital in Switzerland. He was 83 and lived in Begnins, near Geneva. He died after a long illness, said his lawyer, Richard Cunningham." 

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