Paul T. Ringling, May 30, 2013
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.