peoplepill id: theodore-f-macmanus
1 views today
16 views this week
Theodore F. MacManus

Theodore F. MacManus

American businessman and philanthropist
Theodore F. MacManus
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American businessman and philanthropist
Was Businessperson
From United States of America
Type Business
Gender male
Birth 1872, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death 1940, Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, USA (aged 68 years)
The details


Theodore F. MacManus (1872–1940) was an American businessman and philanthropist.


Early life

Theodore MacManus was born in 1872 in Buffalo, New York.


He started his career as a newspaper reporter. Later, as a copywriter, he revolutionized advertising with his work on advertisements for luxury cars by General Motors, including Cadillacs. His best-known advertisement, written in 1915, is called "The Penalty of Leadership." Later, Elvis Presley hung it on a wall in his Graceland mansion, suggesting it described him well.

In 1927, he started his own advertising company, the MacManus agency. It later became MacManus, John & Adams in 1934, and later the D'Arcy MacManus Benton & Bowles, until it became known as the MacManus Group.


A devout Roman Catholic, he funded the construction of St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic Church, which was originally on his estate and now serves as the parish church for Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Personal life

He was married to Alice Holdridge MacManus. They had six children.

They resided at the Stonycroft mansion in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He died in 1940 at his summer home in Sudbury, Ontario. In his obituary it was noted that the pioneer of automobile advertising never learned to drive.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 03 Nov 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
comments so far.
Reference sources
arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up arrow-down instagram whatsapp myspace quora soundcloud spotify tumblr vk website youtube stumbleupon comments comments pandora gplay iheart tunein pandora gplay iheart tunein itunes