Marvin Pierce

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Marvin Pierce
Marvin "Monk" Pierce, Captain of the 1915 Miami University Football team.jpg
Marvin "Monk" Pierce, captain of the 1915 Miami University football team
Born(1893-06-17)June 17, 1893
DiedJuly 17, 1969(1969-07-17) (aged 76)
Resting placeGreenwood Union Cemetery
EducationMiami University
OccupationPresident of McCall Corporation, publisher of women's magazines Redbook and McCall's
Spouse(s)Pauline Robinson (1918–1949, her death)
Willa Martin (1952–1969, his death)
Children4, including Barbara Pierce Bush

Marvin Pierce (June 17, 1893 – July 17, 1969) was president of McCall Corporation, the publisher of the popular women's magazines Redbook and McCall's. He was the father of United States First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush, the maternal grandfather of the 43rd President, George W. Bush and the 43rd Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, and the father-in-law of the 41st President, George H. W. Bush.

Early life[edit]

Marvin Pierce was born on June 17, 1893 in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, to Mabel (née Marvin; 1869–1955) and Scott Pierce (1866–1945). Mr Pierce was an insurance salesman in Dayton, Ohio. His ancestor Thomas Pierce (1618–1683), an early New England colonist, was also an ancestor of Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. Marvin was a 1916 graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, he was nicknamed "Monk" and was a stand-out athlete in football, basketball, baseball and tennis.[1] He was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972. He also received graduate degrees from MIT in civil engineering and from Harvard in architectural engineering.


Pierce served as the president of McCall Corporation, the publisher of the popular women's magazines Redbook and McCall's.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pierce's first marriage (August 1918) was to Pauline Robinson, who was born on 28 April 1896 to Ohio Supreme Court justice James E. Robinson and his wife Lulu Dell Flickinger, and died on 23 September 1949. They had four children together:

W magazine once described Pauline Robinson as "beautiful, fabulous, critical, and meddling" and "a former beauty from Ohio with extravagant tastes". Pauline was killed at age 53 in a September 1949 automotive accident when Marvin, the driver, hit a tree in Harrison, Westchester County, New York.

Their third child, Barbara Pierce, later became the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, mother of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush and of the 43rd Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush.

Pierce's second marriage (June 1952) was to Willa Gray Martin (1911–2006), an artist and Associated Press reporter.

Death and legacy[edit]

Pierce died on July 17, 1969 at Rye, New York (aged 76) and was interred at Greenwood Union Cemetery. Marvin Pierce Bush, one of Barbara's sons, is named after him.


  1. ^ a b c Bush, George W. (2014). 41: A Portrait of My Father. London: Ebury Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 9780553447781. OCLC 883645289.

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