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Hi folks:

Does anyone recognize the name George Ryan? Although not a lawyer, he was a “legal representative” for Golmar Brothers, John Robinson, and Howe Brothers during the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. That is all the information I have regarding his involvement with the circus world. Also, can anyone explain what job duties a “legal representative” would have had? Is this a sort of advance man position, management position, or something else? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Legal Adjusters – sometimes called a “fixer” or a “patch” would travel with the show to make sure that any “beef” was settled with local law enforcement or townsfolks. The Legal Adjuster might deal with something as simple as offering a couple of free tickets to someone whose bushes were eaten by and elephant, to something more serious where a one of those traveling with the show was arrested for criminal activity.

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I just read a great article from May 1909 edition of the Saturday Evening Post that talks about the legal needs of circuses. Here is the link to the article on google books: https://books.google.com/books?id=7GgwAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA6-PA10&lpg=RA6-PA10&dq=saturday+evening+post+may+1909+circus+business&source=bl&ots=bRZ6p1zBm6&sig=EOzRgd4T5qJ2DKzUauNI-2SrgzA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjzx8_skf_eAhURzlkKHaURBg8Q6AEwDHoECAcQAQ#v=onepage&q=saturday%20evening%20post%20may%201909%20circus%20business&f=false

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