Bertha (Ringer) Benz

Cäcilie Bertha (Ringer) Benz (1849 - 1944)

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Cäcilie Bertha (Bertha) Benz formerly Ringer
Born in Pforzheim, Stadtkreis Baden-Württembergmap
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Pforzheim, Großherzogtum Baden, Deutsches Reichmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ladenburgmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2015
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Bertha was born 3 May 1849 in Pforzheim, Stadtkreis Baden-Württemberg, Germany.[1]She was the wife of Karl Benz.[2]

However, Bertha was also the business partner of automobile inventor, Karl Benz. In 1888 she embarked on the first long distance road trip (66 miles each way) to promote and prove the usefulness of the automobile.[3] As a result of her trip, she suggested several improvements to the design such as brake lining and an additional gear for climbing. The Bertha Benz Memorial Route in Germany commemorates her journey. [4]

Bertha died on 5 May 1944 in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis Baden-Württemberg, Germany.


  1. Name: Bertha Benz [Bertha Ringer] Relation to Head: Haushaltsvorstand (Head) Birth Date: 3 Mai 1849 (3 May 1849) Birth Place: Pforzheim Residence Date: 18 Sep 1872 Residence Place: Mannheim, Baden Household Members: Name Bertha Benz Karl Benz Original data: Polizeipräsidium Mannheim Familienbögen, 1800-1900. Digital images. Stadtarchiv Mannheim — Institut für Stadtgeschichte, Mannheim, Germany.
  2. [Wikipedia article of Bertha Benz]
  4. Find A Grave Memorial# 131428035:

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