Paul T. Ringling Interview, May 30, 2013


Paul T. Ringling


Bob Brown



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Paul Ringling discusses his grandfather, Alf T. Ringling, one of the five original brothers who started the Ringling Brothers Circus in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1884. He explains how the circus started, the merger with the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and how his family became ranchers near White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Ringling describes working for the circus after he graduated high school, serving in the military from 1942 to 1945, running the family ranch in Montana, and getting involved in Montana politics in 1952. Ringling reminisces about his time as a Montana State Representative and Senator from 1953 to 1959, and discusses several colleagues and some of the legislation he worked on during the time.


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Document Type

Oral History


Helena, Montana; Ringling Bros. Circus; Baraboo, Wisconsin; Barnum, Phineas T.; Bailey, James; Barnum and Bailey Circus; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey; Meagher County, Montana; White Sulphur Springs, Montana; Milwaukee Railroad; Ringling, Montana; Sarasota, Florida; Venice, Florida; Army Signal Corps; Army Air Corps; Montana State University; Bozeman, Montana; Anaconda Company; Montana Power Company

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 396-073

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disk (80 min.): analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:20:25 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_073.mp3; OH_396_073.pdf

Paul T. Ringling Interview, May 30, 2013
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