Marvin Pierce was born in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania to Scott Pierce and Mabel Marvin. Marvin was a 1916 graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio where he was Captain of the football team.
At Miami University, 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. He was inducted into Miami's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972.
Pierce's first marriage was to Pauline Robinson who was born in 1896 to Ohio Supreme Court justice, James E. Robinson and died on 23 September 1949. They had four children together:
Martha Pierce Rafferty (1920-1999)
James Pierce (1921-1993)
Barbara Pierce Bush (born 1925)
Scott Pierce (born 1930) - named for his grandfather, who was an insurance salesman in Dayton, Ohio.
W magazine once described Pauline Robinson as "beautiful, fabulous, critical, and meddling" and "a former beauty from Ohio with extravagant tastes". On 23 September 1949, Pauline was killed in an automobile accident in Harrison, Westchester County, New York, when Marvin, who was driving the car, lost control as he reached over to stop a cup of hot coffee from sliding across the seat onto his wife. The car crashed into a tree on Purchase St, killing Pauline instantly at 8:12 a.m. She was 53 years old.
Their third child Barbara Pierce, later became the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush and mother of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.
Pierce's second marriage (June 1952) was to Willa Gray Martin (1911-2006), an artist and Associated Press reporter.
He was President of McCall Corporation, publisher of women's magazines Redbook and McCall's
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