Famous Business Masons

Many men throughout history have been members of our fraternity.

In these pages we will present you with them and try to impress upon you the great men that have been Masons.

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Members on this page are Businessmen

Leaders of Industry, Founders of Corporations and Inventors

During the Industrial Revolution, a captain of industry was a business leader whose means of amassing a personal fortune contributes positively to the country in some way. This may have been through increased productivity, expansion of markets, providing more jobs, or acts of philanthropy.

Photo of Otto Ringling

Otto Ringling

Ringling Brothers Circus
Deceased: April 2, 1911

Biography

American Circusman, businessman, and the third oldest of the Ringling brothers. He was the co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus, which eventually became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was called the “Lieutenant General” of the Ringling family. Upon his death, the New York Times described him as “a man of great ideas and ambition, and an executive of force and character.” He was nicknamed “The King” in the circus business.
The sons of German-born harness maker August Rüngeling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884. Conceived by Albert and headed by John, August T. had little involvement in the circus.

They were all members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo Wisconsin. The minutes of a special meeting on April 8, 1891 show the regular officers opening the lodge then the following taking the chairs: WM: Af T. Ringling, SW: August, JW: Al, SD: Charles, JD: Otto, SS: Henry. Their father (d. 1898) was Raised on August 19, 1891.

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