Spencer, William Marvin, 1892-1984

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William M. Spencer was born in 1892 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Princeton in 1915 and enlisted as an officer in the 165th Infantry Regiment, the former "Fighting 69th" made famous by Col. William Donovan and Father Francis Duffy. As a 2nd Lieutenant, Spencer participated in the Second Battle of the Marne (1918), engaging the enemy on the heights near Villes sur Fere, France. His actions while wounded earned a Distinguished Service Cross. After the war in Chicago, Spencer worked at the Hamerhill Paper Company and served as the chairman of North American Car Company from 1941 until his retirement in 1959. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the Illinois Militia, 1940-1942. Spencer married Gertrude White, daughter of F. Edson White, president of Armor and Company. Spencer was a trustee of Northwestern University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Latin School Foundation, Children's Home & Aid Society and the Chicago Boys Club. Spencer died in 1984 at the age of 92.

From the description of Col. William M. Spencer Collection. (Pritzker Military Library). WorldCat record id: 367645882

William M. Spencer was born in 1892 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Princeton in 1915 and enlisted as an officer in the 165th Infantry Regiment, the former "Fighting 69th" made famous by Col. William Donovan and Father Francis Duffy. As a 2nd Lieutenant, Spencer participated in the Second Battle of the Marne (1918), engaging the enemy on the heights near Villes sur Fere, France. His actions while wounded earned a Distinguished Service Cross. After the war in Chicago, Spencer worked at the Hamerhill Paper Company and served as the chairman of North American Car Company from 1941 until his retirement in 1959. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the Illinois Militia, 1940-1942. Spencer married Gertrude White, daughter of F. Edson White, president of Armor and Company. Spencer was a trustee of Northwestern University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Latin School Foundation, Children's Home & Aid Society and the Chicago Boys Club and was an amateur composer. Spencer died in 1984 at the age of 92.

From the guide to the William Marvin Spencer papers, 1962-1996, (Music Library)

Chicago businessman and collector of materials relating to the Napoleonic Era.

William Marvin Spencer was a Chicago businessman and civic leader. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1892 and died in Chicago, Illinois on October 3, 1984. He served as an officer in the American Expeditionary Force in France during WW I. Around 1930, Spencer started to collect material relating to Napoleon I and his circle of military and political associates; eventually he also included autographs of Napoleon's family members, mistresses, and favorites. In 1956 and 1957, Spencer donated 234 items from his collection to the University of Chicago Library. In the early 1970's, Spencer offered to sell his collection to the French National Archives, but they could not meet his asking price. Spencer's own thoughts about his collection and collecting in general are summarized in a talk housed in Box 17, Folder 1720.

From the description of Spencer Napoleonica collection, 1756-1975. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 72664735

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referencedIn Spencer, William Marvin, 1892-1984. Col. William M. Spencer Collection. Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Pritzker Military Library
creatorOf Spencer, William Marvin, 1892-1984. Col. William M. Spencer Collection. Pritzker Military Museum & Library, Pritzker Military Library
creatorOf William Marvin Spencer papers, 1962-1996 Music Library
creatorOf Spencer, William Marvin, 1892-1984. Spencer Napoleonica collection, 1756-1975. Newberry Library
creatorOf Spencer, George W. (George Washington), 1860-1939. Papers, 1873-1953 (bulk: 1907-1936). New England Historic Genealogical Society
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associatedWith Baciocchi, Felix. person
associatedWith Beauharnais, Eugène de, 1781-1824. person
associatedWith Berthier, Louis-Alexandre, 1753-1815. person
associatedWith Bonaparte, Carlo Maria, 1746-1785. person
associatedWith Bonaparte family. family
associatedWith Bonaparte, François-Charles-Joseph, Herzog von Reichstadt, 1811-1832. person
associatedWith Bonaparte, Letizia, 1750?-1836. person
associatedWith Bonaparte, Lucien, prince de Canino, 1775-1840. person
associatedWith Bonaparte, Paolina, 1780-1825. person
associatedWith Borghese, Camillo, 1775-1832. person
associatedWith Burke & Koretke corporateBody
associatedWith Caroline Bonaparte, consort of Joachim Murat, King of Naples, 1782-1839. person
associatedWith Charles XIV John, King of Sweden and Norway, 1763-1844. person
associatedWith Clarke, Henri Jacques Guillaume, 1765-1818. person
associatedWith Davout, Louis Nicolas, duc d'Auerstædt et prince d'Eckmühl, 1770-1823. person
associatedWith Desaix, Louis-Charles-Antoine, 1768-1800. person
associatedWith Elphinstone, George Keith, 1746-1823. person
associatedWith Fesch, Joseph, 1763-1839. person
associatedWith France. Armée corporateBody
associatedWith Francis I, Emperor of Austria, 1768-1835. person
associatedWith Garvin, Suzanne Spencer, 1930- person
associatedWith Hortense, Queen, consort of Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland, 1783-1837. person
associatedWith Illinois. Militia corporateBody
associatedWith Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia, 1784-1860. person
associatedWith Joachim Murat, King of Naples, 1767-1815. person
associatedWith Joseph Bonaparte, King of Spain, 1768-1844. person
associatedWith Josephine, Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1763-1814. person
associatedWith Jourdan, Jean-Baptiste, 1762-1833. person
associatedWith Junot, Jean Andoche, duc d'Abrantès, 1771-1813. person
associatedWith Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland, 1778-1846. person
associatedWith Marie Louise, Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1791-1847. person
associatedWith Mortier, Adolphe. person
associatedWith Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 person
associatedWith Ney, Michel, duc d'Elchingen, 1769-1815. person
associatedWith Piombino, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, principessa di, 1777-1820. person
associatedWith Princeton University. corporateBody
associatedWith Ryterband, Roman person
associatedWith Spencer, Edson W. family
associatedWith Spencer, George W. (George Washington), 1860-1939. person
associatedWith Spencer, William Marvin, 1892-1984. person
associatedWith Spencer, William M. (William Marvin), 1929- person
associatedWith United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 165th corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. corporateBody
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Illinois--Chicago
France
Fort Leavenworth (Kan.)
France
United States
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Manuscripts, French
Manuscripts, American
World War, 1939-1945
Collectors and collecting
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns
Civil defense
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815--Pictorial works
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815--Campaigns--Sources
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Birth 1892-05-14

Death 1984-10-03

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