1974 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"By fully using your mind and your talents, you can always find a way to succeed."
Arthur Motley was born to a Midwestern farm family in 1900. He worked on the family farm near Minneapolis, Minnesota, until age 13, when he began the M & G Company with his cousin. The company sold topsoil and manure to neighbors and collected ash at 10 cents per can. Motley worked his way through college selling Fuller brushes, producing theatricals, working as a night watchman, and teaching English part time. In 1922, he graduated with honors and a Phi Beta Kappa key from the University of Minnesota. He attributed his academic success to the long, quiet hours afforded him working as a night watchman. In 1946, Motley became president and publisher of the Sunday magazine Parade. In 1971, he was named chairman of the board. Motley served as president of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and as a director of Booth Newspapers, Inc., Starch/INRA/Hooper, Sequoia Insurance Company, Stevening Citrus, and Whitney Communications, Inc.* Deceased