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Editorial Note on Second Marriage
Katherine Tupper Brown (Mrs. Clifton S. Brown) met Marshall at a small dinner party in Columbus, Georgia, in the spring or early summer of 1929. A widow with three children (Molly, b. July 18, 1912; Clifton, b. January 23, 1914; and Allen, b. June 15, 1916), Mrs. Brown’s husband, a Baltimore lawyer, had been murdered in June, 1928, by an irate client.
Born in 1882 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, she was the daughter of a distinguished Baptist clergyman, Henry Allen Tupper, Jr. After graduating from Hollins College in Virginia, she studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She performed on stage in Europe and the United States, to the displeasure of her father. (Katherine Tupper Marshall, interviewed by Forrest C. Pogue, March 15 and 17, 1961, GCMRL.)
Following their brief meeting, Marshall and Katherine Brown corresponded and met again in Columbus the next spring. She then invited Marshall to visit her summer cottage at Fire Island, New York, in order to acquaint him with her children. (Katherine Tupper Marshall, Together: Annals of an Army Wife [New York: Tupper and Love, 1946], p. 3.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 352.