The Info List - Louise Cromwell Brooks

Louise Cromwell Brooks
Louise Cromwell Brooks
(September 24, 1890 – May 30, 1965) was an American socialite whose four marriages included seven years as the first wife of General Douglas MacArthur. She was "considered one of Washington's most beautiful and attractive young women".[1]


1 Biography 2 Legacy 3 References 4 Further reading

Biography[edit] She was born September 24, 1890 in Rye, New York to Eva Roberts Cromwell and Oliver Eaton Cromwell. Her brother was James H. R. Cromwell, the American diplomat and first husband of Doris Duke. After her father's death her mother married Edward T. Stotesbury. She made her debut in Washington, DC
Washington, DC
in 1910. In 1911 she married Walter Booth Brooks, Jr.. They had two children, a son and a daughter. Brooks and Cromwell divorced in 1919. She then married General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
in 1922 and she claimed that General John J. Pershing
John J. Pershing
wanted to marry her and had threatened to send MacArthur to the Philippines
if they married.[2] Pershing said the allegation was "all damn poppycock".[2] That marriage ended in 1929. She next married the actor Lionel Atwill, whom she divorced in 1943.[1] In 1944 she married Alf Heiberg. That marriage also ended in divorce. Brooks died of a heart attack in Washington, DC
Washington, DC
at the age of 75.[2] Legacy[edit]

William Manchester, in his biography of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, entitled American Caesar, stated General Pershing summarily transferred MacArthur from the United States Military Academy where he was holding the Superintendent's post to the Philippines
because he (Gen. Pershing) was himself interested in Mrs. Brooks.[3]


^ a b " Lionel Atwill
Lionel Atwill
Wed To Mrs. MacArthur. Actor Marries Daughter Of Mrs. E. T. Stotesbury at Her Home In Eccleston, MD. Wedding Trip On Yacht. Both Bride And Bridegroom Twice Divorced. Mrs. Atwill Former Wife Of Gen. MacArthur". New York Times. June 8, 1930. Retrieved 2010-03-27.  ^ a b c "Died". Time magazine. June 11, 1965. Retrieved 2010-03-27.  ^ American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur

Further reading[edit]

"Gen. MacArthur Weds Mrs. Brooks", The New York Times, February 15, 1922 "Wife Divorces General MacArthur", The New York Times, June 18, 1929 " Louise Cromwell Brooks
Louise Cromwell Brooks
Dies; First Wife of Gen. MacArthur", The New York Times, June 1, 1965

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Douglas MacArthur


Service summary 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
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
Douglas MacArthur
II (nephew)

Public image

MacArthur Memorial Appointment in Tokyo
Appointment in Tokyo
(film) American Caesar
American Caesar