Douglas Mac Arthur remains both a controversial and larger-than-life figure in American history.
Throughout his career he was often criticized for egotism.
Mac Arthur's father was posted to San Antonio, Texas in 1893. MI: The Episcopal School of Texas, where he became an excellent student.
Mac Arthur entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1898. Army Corps of Engineers, where he was a leader in combat engineering.
Mac Arthur made intramural athletics compulsory and introduced the playing of athletic games on Sundays, despite protest from conservatives in the surrounding area who promoted the tradition of reserving Sunday for God and family. Stotesbury, a divorcé with two children who had previously been dating General John J. Mac Arthur proposed on their second date and she told a friend, "If he hadn't, I would have proposed to him. They were married on February 14 at her family's villa in Palm Beach, Florida.
Mac Arthur had a number of inter-war period assignments, but most were in the Philippines.
An outstanding cadet, he graduated as valedictorian of a class of 93 in 1903, with only two other students in the history of West Point surpassing his achievements. In 1898, his father fought in the Spanish-American War and in 1900, his father was appointed military governor of the Philippines, which began a long family connection to that country.
His father was relieved of command for insubordination to William Howard Taft in 1901.
The pacifism that swept America after World War I led many to wonder whether West Point would survive.
However, those who worked with Mac Arthur at West Point credit him with saving the institution.