William George Auger

George Auger "The Welsh Giant" holding "Klikko" on his shoulder while a large group of Ringling Brothers Circus freaks look on. Photo taken in 1916 (from the author's collection.)

William George Auger was born in 1883 in Cardiff, Wales. He married his wife Elizabeth while still living in Europe and then came to the U.S. in 1903 to join his sister Lucy and began touring with Barnum and Bailey that year. Like Chang the Chinese Giant whom he succeeded, he was intelligent and was said to have been very knowledgeable on the subject of giants. He spent his retirement years writing short stories and skits. He died in New York City in 1922 supposedly of digestive problems after a particularly large meal at the home of a friend on Thanksgiving Day.

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