Louise Cromwell Brooks
Henrietta Louise Cromwell Brooks (September 14, 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".
She was born around 1890 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.
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 in 1922 and she claimed that General John J. Pershing wanted to marry her and had threatened to send MacArthur to the Philippines if they married. Pershing said the allegation was "all damn poppycock". That marriage ended in 1929.
- 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.
- "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.
- "Died". Time magazine. June 11, 1965. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
- "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 Dies; First Wife of Gen. MacArthur", The New York Times, June 1, 1965