Henrietta Louise Cromwell

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Henrietta Louise Cromwell

Birthplace: Probably Illinois, United States
Death: Died in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Cause of death: Heart attack.
Place of Burial: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Oliver Eaton Cromwell, Sr. and Lucretia Bishop Stotesbury
Ex-wife of Walter Booth Brooks, II; Gen. Douglas MacArthur; Lionel Alfred William Atwill and Alf Heiberg
Mother of Louise Brooks and Walter Booth Brooks, III
Sister of Oliver Eaton Cromwell, Jr. and James Henry Roberts Cromwell

Occupation: Heiress, flapper.
Managed by: Private User
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About Henrietta Louise Cromwell

A photograph (taken in 1911) of Henrietta Louise Cromwell Brooks, a wealthy heiress and prominent Washington D.C. socialite, at the age of twenty-one. She was married and divorced four times. One of her husbands was actor Lionel Atwill. Another was the young General Douglas MacArthur (in 1922). They divorced 7 years later. She passed away in 1965 at the age of 75.

Henrietta Louise Cromwell Brooks (c. 1890 - May 30, 1965) was an American socialite and the first wife of General Douglas MacArthur. Brooks, who was \"considered one of Washington's most beautiful and attractive young women,\"[1] made her debut in Washington DC in 1910.

Her mother, Eva Roberts Cromwell, married the businessman Edward T. Stotesbury after the death of her first husband, Louise's father, Oliver Eaton Cromwell of Philadelphia. Louise's brother was James H. R. Cromwell, the American diplomat and husband to Doris Duke.

Louise Cromwell was married to Walter J. Brooks, Jr. in 1911. They divorced in 1919. She married MacArthur in 1922. That marriage ended in 1929. She next married the actor Lionel Atwill, whom she divorced in 1943. In 1944 she married Alf Heiberg. That marriage also ended in divorce.

According to Time Magazine, a 1922 press report claimed that General John J. Pershing threatened to send General MacArthur to the Philippines if Louise married MacArthur.[2]. William Manchester in his biography of Gen.Douglas MacArthur (Douglas MacArthur, American Caeser) has stated that Gen. Pershing summarily transferred MacArthur from West Point Military Academy where was holding the Superintendent's post to Philippines because he (Gen. Pershing) was himself interested in Mrs. Brooks. After the marriage with Douglas Macarthur the new Mrs. MacArthur herself told reporters that she her husband were being exiled to Philippines by Gen. Pershing From her marriage to Walter Brooks she had two children i.e a son and a daughter. Brooks died of a heart attack in Washington DC at the age of 75.

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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42911505 Henrietta Louise Cromwell Brooks MacArthur Atwill Heiberg

Birth: 1890 Death: May 30, 1965 Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia, USA

Stepdaugther of Edward T. Stotesbury Sister-in-law to Doris Duke 1st Wife of Douglas MacArthur 3rd wife of Lionel Atwill

Family links:

 Oliver Eaton Cromwell (1858 - 1909)
 Eva Bishop Roberts Cromwell Stotesbury (1865 - 1946)

 Walter John Brooks (1885 - 1966)
 Douglas MacArthur (1880 - 1964)
 Lionel Atwill (1885 - 1946)

 Walter Booth Brooks (1914 - 1981)*
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Burial: Oak Woods Cemetery Chicago Cook County Illinois, USA Plot: Buried next to mother

Maintained by: Diane Elsasser Snider Originally Created by: P Fazzini Record added: Oct 10, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 42911505

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Henrietta Louise Cromwell's Timeline

Probably Illinois, United States
October 13, 1912
Age 22
Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, USA
August 2, 1914
Age 24