Marshall Field III
|Marshall Field III|
Marshall Field III, 1919
Chicago, Illinois, United States
8, 1956 (aged 63)|
New York City
|Cause of death||Brain cancer|
Eton College &|
Publisher: Newspaper, magazine, books
|Known for||Founder: Chicago Sun & Parade magazine|
1 Evelyn Marshall|
2) Audrey Evelyn James Coats
3) Ruth Pruyn Phipps
Children with Evelyn:|
Marshall IV, Barbara, Bettine
Children with Ruth:
Marshall Field, Jr. &|
Marshall Field III (September 28, 1893 – November 8, 1956) was an American investment banker, publisher, racehorse owner/breeder, philanthropist, and heir to the Marshall Field department store fortune.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was raised primarily in England where he was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University. In 1917 he joined the 1st Illinois Cavalry and served with the 122nd Field Artillery in France during World War I.
On his discharge after the war ended, Field returned to Chicago where he went to work as a bond salesman at Lee, Higginson & Co. After learning the business, he left to open his own investment business. A director of Guaranty Trust Co. of New York, he eventually teamed up with Charles F. Glore and Pierce C. Ward to create the investment banking firm of Marshall Field, Glore, Ward & Co. In 1926, Field left the firm to pursue other interests.
Already a recipient of substantial money from the estate of his grandfather Marshall Field, on his fiftieth birthday Marshall Field III inherited the bulk of the remainder of the family fortune. 
Marshall Field III was primarily a publisher, and was founder of the Chicago Sun which became the Chicago Sun-Times. He also created Parade as weekly magazine supplement for his own paper and for others in the United states. By 1946, Parade had achieved a circulation of 3.5 million.
In 1944, Marshall Field III purchased Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books. Following his death, his heirs sold the company back to its founders, Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln Schuster, while Leon Shimkin and James M. Jacobson acquired Pocket Books.
A polo player, Field invested heavily in Thoroughbred racehorses both in the United States and in Great Britain. Among his successful British horses were three fillies who won the Irish Oaks and Golden Corn who won England's Middle Park Stakes and Champagne Stakes in 1921 and the July Cup in 1923. In the United States, Nimba was the 1927 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, and Tintagel won the 1935 Futurity Stakes and was voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt.
The Marshall Field III Estate is a mansion built in 1925 on Long Island Sound which was designed by architect John Russell Pope. It was built on the grounds of a 1,400-acre (5.7 km2) estate that Marshall Field III purchased in 1921. It was built in 1925. It is a New York State Historic Site.
Marshall Field supported a number of charitable institutions and in 1940 created the Field Foundation. He personally served as President of the Child Welfare League of America. He also donated substantial funds to support the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra and served as its President.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Kennedy, Karen Morey (January 5, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Marshall Field, III, Estate (Caumsett) / Caumsett State Park". http://www.oprhp.state.ny.us/hpimaging/hp_view.asp?GroupView=8848. Retrieved 2008-02-28. and Accompanying 16 photos, exterior and interior, from 1975 and 1976
- Becker, Stephen. Marshall Field III; a biography (1964) Simon and Schuster
- Madsen, Axel. The Marshall Fields: The Evolution of an American Business Dynasty (2002) Wiley ISBN 0471024937
- University of Illinois, Department of English - May, 1917 International Socialist Review article by Carl Sandburg titled "Will Marshall Field III. Enlist?"