Famous Arkansan: General Douglas MacArthur

Several well-known
people have roots in Arkansas. The list runs the gamut from Johnny Cash to
Jermain Taylor. Check here every Monday ( a day late today due to the 4th of
July holiday) as we highlight a new Famous Arkansan each week. Today,

General Douglas MacArthur

Zoie Clift

General Douglas MacArthur
(1880-1964)was born in the Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal while his
father was its commandant. He rose to become a five-star general in the U.S.
Army and Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific during World War II.
He accepted the Japanese surrender in 1945. His accomplishments include: first
in class at West Point; Superintendent of West Point; Army Chief of Staff; U.S.
Far East Commander; Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; Supreme Commander
for the Allied Powers; and first UN Commander. The building where the general
was born, the Officer’s Quarters, is located in downtown Little Rock’s
MacArthur Park and now serves as home to the Arkansas Museum of Military
He made the cover of TIME magazine in 1951 and was the first Arkansas
to appear on a U.S. postage stamp in 1971.

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