Maguire, Charles Martin, 1930-2009


Maguire, Charles Martin, 1930-2009


Bio: Charles Martin Maguire (b. February 14, 1930, Manhasset, New York-d. April 25, 2009, Washington, D.C.), business and public policy consultant, assistant to Lyndon Johnson. In 1939 his family moved to Dublin, Ireland. Maguire graduated from Rathmines College in Dublin, Ireland in 1949 with a degree in mass communications; received a master's degree in public law and government from Columbia University in 1962; and was a doctoral candidate in Sino-Soviet studies at Columbia's Russian Institute, now the Harriman Institute. He worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press in Ireland from 1949 to 1951 before returning to the United States to work as a writer for the advertising agency N. W. Ayer & Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 and was assigned to the Psychological Warfare Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Maguire also served in Europe, and remained there after his release from the Army to work for the Department of State on the U.S. Escapee Program. Martin moved to New York City and worked as an advertising copywriter for Young & Rubicam before becoming a member of the first class of White House Fellows in 1965, where he was assigned to the White House and worked for Jack Valenti, special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. He stayed on as assistant to the President after his fellowship ended, and assisted with speeches and became secretary of the Cabinet. After his time in the White House, Martin worked for Merrill Lynch before forming his own public policy consulting firm. Maguire married Mary Beth Carroll; they had two children.


L-R: Juanita Roberts, Lady Bird Johnson, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Charles Maguire, Larry Temple. Oval Office, White House, Washington DC, 11/3/1967. Photo # a5089-9 by Yoichi Okamoto. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.


LBJ Connection: Staff Assistant to the President. Worked on speech preparation, Cabinet affairs.