Catherine T. MacArthur

Catherine T. MacArthur (1909-1981) was the wife of U.S. businessman and philanthropist John D. MacArthur and was an active participant in his businesses and philanthropies. One of the ten largest philanthropic foundations in the United States, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is named after the couple.

Life

Born Catherine T. Hyland in 1909, she was one of five children of Irish immigrants on Chicago’s South Side. [ [http://nigeria.macfound.org/site/c.bnKGIONtEqG/b.1807329/k.F9C5/About_John_D_and_Catherine_T_MacArthur.htm About John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur - MacAurthur Foundation - Nigeria ] ] Her father owned and operated several retail stores and was active in Democratic politics in Chicago, eventually holding several state and local governmental positions. [ [http://nigeria.macfound.org/site/c.bnKGIONtEqG/b.1807329/k.F9C5/About_John_D_and_Catherine_T_MacArthur.htm About John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur - MacAurthur Foundation - Nigeria ] ] In 1928 she married John D. MacArthur. It was MacArthur’s second marriage and her first.fact|date=October 2007 In 1935, John D. MacArthur purchased Bankers Life and Casualty for $2,500, and used mass marketing techniques to sell insurance through the mail. Catherine created the business procedures for Bankers Life which would be used until tremendous growth finally made them obsolete. [ [http://nigeria.macfound.org/site/c.bnKGIONtEqG/b.1807329/k.F9C5/About_John_D_and_Catherine_T_MacArthur.htm About John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur - MacAurthur Foundation - Nigeria ] ]

Banker's Life was the basis for John's phenomenal business success in Real Estate and Insurance. Both the Foundation and Banker’s Life official press releases state that Catherine was very involved in the success of the businesses and she appears throughout the records of MacArthur’s various companies under her maiden name, C.T. Hyland—in the position of corporate secretary, director, or both. [ [http://www.learningtogive.org/materials/foundations/macarthur.asp Learning to Give - John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ] ]

Despite their vast wealth, the MacArthur’s were known for their frugality.fact|date=October 2007 In 1963, when he was already one of the wealthiest men in the United States,fact|date=October 2007 John MacArthur purchased the Colonnades Hotel in the town of Palm Beach Shores on Singer Island, Florida. Catherine lived with her husband in a modest apartment overlooking the parking lot while John conducted his business from a back booth in the hotel coffee shop.

When John D. MacArthur died on January 6, 1978, he was worth in excess of $1 billion and was reportedly one of the three richest men in the United States. [ [http://nigeria.macfound.org/site/c.bnKGIONtEqG/b.1807329/k.F9C5/About_John_D_and_Catherine_T_MacArthur.htm About John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur - MacAurthur Foundation - Nigeria ] ] MacArthur left ninety-two percent of his estate to begin the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.fact|date=October 2007 The composition of the Foundation’s first Board of Director’s, per John D. MacArthur’s will, included Catherine T. MacArthur, J. Roderick MacArthur (a son from John D. MacArthur’s first marriage), three officers of Bankers Life and Casualty, and Radio Commentator Paul Harvey.fact|date=October 2007

Catherine T. MacArthur died December 15, 1981 in the Colonnades Hotel apartment.fact|date=October 2007

References

External links

* [http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.855251/k.A320/About_John_D_and_Catherine_T_MacArthur.htm/ Biography at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Website]
* [http://www.trivia-library.com/b/richest-people-in-history-john-d-macarthur.htm/ People’s Almanac Entry via (Trivia Library.Com)]


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