“I Was a Fair Army Wife”

Katherine Marshall was born 139 years ago tomorrow; in commemoration, this week’s blog is all about Katherine. Katherine Tupper Brown Marshall, George Marshall’s second wife, was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, on October 8, 1882. She earned an “eclectic degree” from Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1902. “I crawled through Hollins,” she later said. “I […]

“My goodness. Where did you come from?” President Truman Visits the Marshalls

President Harry Truman visited George Marshall at his homes in Leesburg, Virginia, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, six times. A search of Truman’s daily appointment calendar on the Truman Library website provided information about four of the visits. Records also suggest that Truman sometimes drove his presidential car on those trips.   The first calendar entry, […]

George Marshall, Commuter

After he retired from the Army, George Marshall was special envoy to China, secretary of state, president of the American Red Cross and secretary of defense. He commuted to Washington, D.C., during the week from his homes in Leesburg, Virginia, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, by auto and air, and he sometimes stayed in Washington. When […]

George Marshall and the U.S. Presidency

George Marshall’s public stature caused people to think of him as a possible presidential candidate—as early as 1943. He emphatically squashed such speculation, but he could not change the fact that for six months in 1947, he was only a heartbeat away from being president because of the presidential succession law at the time. In […]

Three Scotches Aboard at Amherst

Before George Marshall settled on Harvard University as the venue for his speech about the European Recovery Program, he had considered Amherst College but rejected the idea because its June 16, 1947, commencement date was too late. However, John J. McCloy, an Amherst alumnus, pressured Marshall to accept an honorary degree from Amherst. McCloy was […]