Arthur MacArthur Jr. (War Hero)
Arthur MacArthur Jr.

Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur, Jr., was a United States Army general. He became the military Governor-General of the American-occupied Philippines in 1900 but his term ended a year later due to clashes with the civilian governor, future-U.S. President William Howard Taft. His son, Douglas MacArthur, was one of only five men promoted to the five-star rank of General of the Army during World War II. In addition to their both being promoted to the rank of general officer, Arthur MacArthur, Jr., and Douglas MacArthur also share the distinction of having been the first father and son to each be awarded a Medal of Honor.

Born: June 2, 1845, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: September 5, 1912, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Resting place: Arlington National Cemetery
Children: Arthur MacArthur III, Macolm MacArthur, Douglas MacArthur
Mother: Aurelia Belcher
Father: Arthur MacArthur, Sr.
Relatives: Douglas MacArthur II (grandson), Arthur MacArthur IV (grandson)
Education: United States Military Academy
Preceded by: Elwell Stephen Otis
Succeeded by: William Howard Taft

About Arthur MacArthur Jr.

U.S. Army General who received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War.

Before Fame

He participated at age eighteen in the Battle of Missionary Ridge and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his wartime heroics.


He served as commander of the American occupying forces in the Philippines, but he was removed from the post in 1901 following a spat with William Howard Taft.

Family Life

His son was the famous Douglas MacArthur, commander of the Allied forces in the Pacific theater of World War II.


He and Douglas MacArthur became the first father-son pair to both receive Medals of Honor.

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