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William Marvin Spencer

William Marvin Spencer, American transportation executive. Decorated Distinguished Service Cross Trustee Chicago Latin School Foundation, Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society, Chicago Boys Clubs; chairman of Chicgo Plan Commission, 1951-1956; trustee Northwestern University, The Orchestral Association of Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago. Served as Lieutenant, 165th Infantry, American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919.


  • Spencer, William Marvin was born on May 14, 1892 in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William and Mary Richards (DuPuy) Spencer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1911. Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1915.


    • Assistant to secretary Hammermill Paper Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1915-1921. President Erie Brass & Copper Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1921-1923. President and director Spencer, Kamerer & Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1924-1929.

      Partner Jackson Brothers, Boesel & Company, brokers, Chicago, 1930-1934. President and director Burke Electric Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1934-1935. President and director Inland Car Lines, Inc., Chicago, 1934-1940.

      Vice-president and director Perry, Spencer & Company, investment banking, Chicago, 1939-1940. Chairman of the Board of directors North American Car Corporation, Chicago, 1941-1959. Director Fundamental Investors, Inc., Thiokol Chemical Corporation, North America Car Corporation, La Salle National Bank, Chicago.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Served as Lieutenant, 165th Infantry, American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919. Clubs: Chicago, Saddle and Cycle, Racquet, Old Elm, Adventurers (Chicago).


    • Married Gertrude White, July 19, 1924. Children: Edson White, William Marvin, Suzanne.
    • father: William Spencer
    • mother: Mary Richards (DuPuy) Spencer
    • spouse: Gertrude White
    • children: Edson White Spencer
    • William Marvin Spencer
    • Suzanne Spencer
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    Born March 14, 1892
    Died October 17, 1984
    (aged 92)