Mable Burton Ringling

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Mable Burton Ringling (March 4, 1875 – June 8, 1929) was an art collector who with her husband created the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


She was born in Moons, Ohio on March 4, 1875. She had four sisters and one brother. She met John Nicholas Ringling in Sarasota or in Manalapan, New Jersey and they wed in Hoboken, New Jersey.[1] She died on June 8, 1929, at the age of fifty-four.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "John Ringling". Mable Burton Ringling was born March 4, 1875 in Moons, Ohio. John and Mable was married in Hoboken, New Jersey. She was 30, and he was 39. 
  2. ^ "John (1866-1936) and Mable (1875-1929) Ringling". Ringling Museum. Retrieved 2009-02-12. Her origins can be traced to Moons, Ohio, a farm community. Born there on March 4, 1875, she had four sisters and one brother. By the turn of the century, she had moved away from Ohio to earn a living. Various stories exist that describe how she and John Ringling met. She had strong ties with her family, who visited Sarasota often or moved to the area. Dulcie Shueler, Alma Reid, and Mrs. B. C. Workman, her three sisters, all spent a good part of the year here. Her brother, Earl Burton, lived in Tampa. 
  3. ^ "Mrs. John Ringling Dies". New York Times. June 9, 1929. Retrieved 2009-02-12. Wife of Circus Owner and Oil Developer Ill Only a Short Time. 
  4. ^ "Mrs. John Ringling, Wife Of Circus Owner, Dead". Washington Post. June 9, 1929. Retrieved 2009-02-12.