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Just wondering if anyone knows where John H. Murray was born, lived and died? Was he married and did he have any children? I’d like to obtain any information about his life.

Thanks! Lorelei Murray-Devine

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A basic biography of John Hayes Murray, giving his spouse’s name and wedding date, and mentioning two sons and two daughters, can be found on this page, on this website: https://circushistory.wpengine.com/Olympians/OlympiansM2.htm It appears that his life (birth, death, etc.) focused around New York City. Further details of his family can probably be found in census and other genealogical-type resources. He had a long and varied career (performer and proprietor) in the circus business and you can search for data entries via Google, digitized newspapers, New York Clipper (Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections), other digitized collections, etc. There are multiple illustrations that exist of him, mostly engravings, as well as ephemera produced for his shows.

Fred Dahlinger Jr., Curator of Circus History, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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