Temple, Arthur Jr.

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  • Arthur Temple, Jr. was born on April 8, 1920 to Arthur (1894-1951) and Katherine Sage Temple (1893-1984) in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was the grandson of East Texas businessman Thomas Lewis Latané Temple, who founded the Southern Pine Lumber Company in 1893 in Diboll, Texas, and the Texas Southeastern Railroad in 1900. Temple began his career with the family business upon leaving the University of Texas at the age of 18 to work as a bookkeeper at the Paris, Texas retail lumber yard. He later transferred to the Lufkin yard, becoming manager in 1941, and made it the most profitable retail yard in the family business. In 1948 he became executive vice president and manager of Southern Pine Lumber Company in Diboll. After his father died in 1951, Temple became president and chief executive officer, embarking on a rapid course of plant expansion and modernization. His endeavors resulted in the growth and diversification of Southern Pine Lumber Company into Temple Industries in 1963, which became Temple-Eastex after being purchased by Time, Inc. in 1973. In 1972 he was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, a title he held until his retirement in 1983. That same year, Time spun off TempleEastex and the Inland Container Corporation forming Temple-Inland, Inc. He died on April 12, 2006.

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