|Henry Ringling North|
Henry Whitestone North|
November 12, 1909
October 2, 1983 (aged 73)|
|Education||Yale University (1933)|
|Spouse(s)||Gloria de la Feld|
Ida Loraina Wihelmina Ringling|
Harry Whitestone North
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.
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.
- ↑ 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."