Arthur MacArthur IV
Arthur MacArthur IV (born February 21, 1938 in Manila, Philippines) is
the only child of
General of the Army
Douglas MacArthur and Jean
MacArthur. He is also the grandson of
Lieutenant General Arthur
1 Early life
2 Arrival in the United States
3 Later life
5 External links
Arthur MacArthur IV's early life was chronicled extensively in the
press. His early childhood was spent around the penthouse built for
his father atop the
Manila Hotel. Arthur's father would play with
him every morning before work. After the Japanese invasion of the
Philippines, Arthur, his mother and his nanny were forced to relocate
Manila Hotel as bombs fell nearby.:223 They first joined
Arthur's father on
Corregidor Island and then were evacuated by PT
B-17 Flying Fortress to Brisbane, Australia.:268 The
United Press agency reported in March 1942 on the boy's escape with
his family and that he was a "real MacArthur, a soldier like his
father and grandfather".
Life Magazine made Arthur their cover
story in August 1942 and reported on such matters as the boy's life in
Australia, his "curiously mixed-up accent", his kindergarten routine,
and his new tricycle. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, the
family moved to Tokyo, from where the
United Press agency reported in
1946 that eight-year-old Arthur MacArthur was considered a "musical
prodigy". Arthur's first meeting with Emperor Hirohito of Japan's
sons, the future Emperor
Akihito and Prince Masahito in September
1949, at a swimming meet, was covered by Sir Keith Murdoch's Adelaide
News under the headline "MacArthur's son and Jap. princes".
Even trivial childhood matters could find their way into the
newspapers. When Arthur broke his arm ice skating in
Tokyo in May
Australian Associated Press reported that '[d]octors said he
behaved "like a soldier"'.
Not only doctors assumed that Arthur had the makings of a soldier.
Perhaps inevitably, as he was the son and grandson of Army generals,
it was assumed by soldiers, newspaper correspondents, and even by his
mother that Arthur would be a soldier. At Arthur's christening his
mother was asked whether Arthur would attend the United States
Military Academy at
West Point and replied "how can he help it, having
such a father?":178 The troops on
Corregidor called four-year-old
Arthur "the Sergeant".:229 Inevitably,
Douglas MacArthur also
wished for a military career for his son, writing "I hope that God
will let me live to see the day that young Arthur MacArthur is sworn
in on The Plain as a plebe at West Point".:517
Arrival in the United States
Upon Douglas MacArthur's dismissal by President Truman, MacArthur flew
home with his family on April 18, 1951. Arthur, then aged 13, had
never been to the United States.
The family's return to the United States brought intense media
scrutiny of the General's son as well as the father. Douglas's
selection as "Father of the Year" in June 1942 by the National
Father's Day Committee, together with his reputation for being a
particularly devoted father, drew attention to his only
son. While newspapers' political correspondents focused on
Douglas MacArthur's testimony before the Senate in Washington in May
1951, the general press sought out human interest stories connected to
Arthur, his mother and his Chinese nanny, Ah Cheu. The New York
Times ran a front-page story covering young MacArthur's first visit to
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball game, as "guest of Horace Stoneham, owner of
the Giants." Only two days later the
New York Times
New York Times ran another
story (this time only on page 5) covering Arthur's first visit to a
circus, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison
Square Garden. The article was subheadlined "Two Notables Meet At
The Garden" above the photo caption "The 13-year-old son of General of
Douglas MacArthur and Felix Adler, King of the clowns." The
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where the family had taken up residence, was
besieged by press and photographers. The Scripps's Newspaper
Enterprise Association syndicate reported that "Arthur is the object
of staring eyes and photographers' flash-bulbs and reporters'
The popular interest continued. In May 1951 the
United Press syndicate
ran a story reporting that young MacArthur was to receive a "100-year
old peace pipe as a gift" from the people of Havre, Montana.
Not all the attention was flattering. The
Associated Press reported
the same year that Arthur MacArthur was "'Gifted,' But Gift Is Not
Spelling." The article went on to quote his tutor saying that the
"outstanding talent of 13-year-old Arthur MacArthur is a gift for
music, but spelling is his weakness". Mrs. Phillis Gibbons said that
Arthur MacArthur "is just an ordinary American boy, like your son or
mine. He is quite intelligent but he can't spell – what American boy
Mrs. Gibbons ("'Gibby', Tutor of Young Mac" according to a front-page
headline in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) was summoned from
Tokyo to tutor
Arthur for some time. Thereafter, Arthur attended New
Browning School until he entered Columbia University as a
freshman in 1956. The
New York Times
New York Times reported Arthur MacArthur's
admission along with that of the son of MacKinlay Kantor, the Pulitzer
Prize winning author.
Interest in Arthur MacArthur wasn't limited to the press. Hope Cooke,
a contemporary in New York who later became Queen of
in her autobiography that "all the parents want[ed] their daughters to
dance with Arthur MacArthur, the general's son... when he comes to
church with his parents, there is always a huge crowd on the steps to
watch them go by."
MacArthur graduated from
Columbia University in 1961, having majored
in English.:702, The only non-prizewinning student mentioned
by name in the
New York Times
New York Times was Arthur MacArthur. The New York
Times pointed out that MacArthur's parents sat in the box of the
president of the university, Dr. Grayson L. Kirk.
After graduation, MacArthur avoided the public spotlight. The United
Press agency reported in 1964 that, since graduating, "the tall
handsome young man ... has made few public appearances." The
Associated Press reported the same year that "MacArthur's Son Shuns
Military Life" but pointed out that "his childhood had been filled
Arthur MacArthur reportedly lives under an assumed name. He
remains active in the General Douglas MacArthur
Foundation and with the
Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk,
Virginia, where his parents are interred.
Until 2004, MacArthur apparently lived in the Mayflower Hotel on New
York's Upper West Side. Forbes magazine tracked him down in 2005 but
MacArthur "declined to be interviewed". In 2014, MacArthur was
featured in a
New York Post
New York Post article that discussed his long and secret
residency of the hotel. Michael Gross's 2014 book, House of
Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, also devoted a page to
the mystery of MacArthur's life and assumed name. When the hotel
was demolished, he moved to Greenwich Village.
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^ a b c d e f g Manchester, William (May 12, 2008). American Caesar:
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^ a b c d "MacArthur's Son Shuns Military Life". Associated Press. New
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^ "Like MacArthur, Like Son – On the Firing Line at 4". United
Press. March 18, 1942. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
^ Time Inc (3 August 1942). The General's Son. Time Inc. p. 66.
ISSN 0024-3019. Cover of Life Magazine
^ "MacArthur's Son Said To Be Musical Prodigy". United Press. April 8,
1946. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
^ "MacArthur's son and Jap. princes". The News (Adelaide). Tokyo.
September 28, 1949. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
^ "Gen MacArthur's Son Breaks Arm". Australian Associated Press.
Tokio. June 2, 1947. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
^ James, D. Clayton (1985). Volume 3, Triumph and Disaster
1945–1964. The Years of MacArthur. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
p. 611. ISBN 0-395-36004-8. OCLC 36211311.
^ "About the Father of the Year Awards". The Father's Day / Mother's
Day Council, Inc. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
^ Imparato, Edward T. (2000). General MacArthur Speeches and Reports
1908–1964. Nashville, Tennessee: Turner Publishing. p. 127.
^ a b Screiber, Flora Rheta (January 22, 1961). "General MacArthur -
Family Man". Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Retrieved
^ "MacArthur Likens Wake
File To a Report on Bunker Hill; M'ARTHUR
SCOFFS AT REPORT ON WAKE". The New York Times. New York. May 3, 1951.
^ Johnston, Richard J. H. (April 22, 1951). "Arthur MacArthur Has His
Day—At Ball Game". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved
2015-02-13. Outwardly unaffected by his first major league baseball
game, Arthur MacArthur, 13-year-old son of the five-star general,
yesterday saw his team—the Giants --trounced by the Brooklyn Dodgers
7 to 3.
^ "Arthur M'Arthur Sees First Circus. Two Notables Meet At The
Garden". The New York Times. New York. April 24, 1951. p. 5.
Retrieved 2015-02-13. A 13-year-old American boy saw the Big
Show—Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus—for the first time
yesterday afternoon. In fact, it was his first circus.
^ Kleiner, Richard (May 24, 1951). "Arthur MacArthur, Son of a Hero".
Newspaper Enterprise Association. Cleveland, Ohio. Retrieved
^ "Gift for MacArthur's Son". The New York Times. New York. May 9,
1951. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
^ "MacArthur's Son 'Gifted,' But Gift Is Not Spelling". The Associated
Press. Oakland, Calif. May 15, 1951. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
^ a b "'Gibby', Tutor of Young Mac, Joins Him Here". Brooklyn Daily
Eagle. New York. May 9, 1951. p. 1. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
^ a b "MacArthur Family Shares Quiet Life". United Press
International. April 7, 1964. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
^ "Columbia Greeting Incoming Freshmen". The New York Times. New York.
September 16, 1956. Retrieved 2015-02-13. Among the new students are
Thomas MacKinlay Kantor, son of MacKinlay Kantor, Pulitzer Prize
winning author, and Arthur MacArthur, son of General of the Army
^ Cooke, Hope (1981). Time Change: an autobiography. New York: Simon
& Schuster. p. 38. ISBN 0-671-41225-6.
^ "Columbia Grants Degrees To 5,809. U.S. Needs Wisdom More Than
Power, Kirk Says". The New York Times. New York. June 7, 1961.
Retrieved 2015-02-13. Among the 589 Columbia College graduates who
received the Bachelor of Arts degree was Arthur MacArthur, 22-year-old
General of the Army and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur.
^ a b Gross, Michael (2014-03-11). House of Outrageous Fortune:
Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address. Simon
and Schuster. pp. 164–165. ISBN 978-1451666199. Retrieved
^ W.P.B. (2005-09-15). "Old Apartments Fade Away". Forbes magazine.
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^ Gross, Michael (2014-03-02). "Hotel hermit got $17M to make way for
15 Central Park West". New York Post. New York. Retrieved
^ Nye, James (2 March 2014). "Hermits strike it rich! How unemployed
man, 73, was paid $17 million to leave rent-controlled Manhattan
apartment". Daily Mail.
"Whatever happened to Arthur MacArthur?", Australia-at-war website
Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)",
Douglas MacArthur in the Encyclopædia Britannica
"Hero's son heard a different drummer" by Eric Shackle,
Kilroy-was-here website, May 2007
In World War II
Escape from the Philippines
Wake Island Conference
President Truman's relief
Louise Cromwell Brooks
Louise Cromwell Brooks (first wife)
Jean MacArthur (second wife)
Arthur MacArthur IV
Arthur MacArthur IV (son)
Isabel Rosario Cooper (mistress)
Arthur MacArthur Jr.
Arthur MacArthur Jr. (father)
Arthur MacArthur Sr. (grandfather)
Arthur MacArthur III (brother)
Douglas MacArthur II (nephew)
American Caesar (biograph