McCormick family

Robert McCormick, Jr.
Alister Hamilton McCormick (1891–1921)

The McCormick family of Chicago and Virginia is an American dynasty of Scottish and Irish descent that attained prominence and fortune starting with the invention of the McCormick Reaper, the machine that revolutionized agriculture, helped break the bonds of slavery, and established the modern grain trade. Through the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and later, the International Harvester Company, the name McCormick became synonymous with agriculture starting in the 19th century. The press dubbed the McCormicks the "Reaper Kings". Branches of the family also went into real estate (Leander J. McCormick Estate), media and publishing (Tribune Company), and finance (William Blair & Co.), and were well known as civic leaders. They are descended from the grandfather of modern agriculture, inventor Robert McCormick, Jr. (1780–1846), and Mary Ann "Polly" Hall of Steele's Tavern, Virginia.

Notable family members

Three branches: (1) Cyrus-the McCormick Blaines and the Rockefeller McCormicks. (2) William-the Deering McCormicks, the Medill McCormicks, and the McCormick Blairs. (3) Leander-the Hall McCormicks, the McCormick-Goodharts, and the Hamilton McCormicks.

Robert McCormick, Jr. (1780–1846) was an American inventor who lived in rural Virginia. In 1808 he married Mary Ann "Polly" Hall (1780–1853). They had five surviving children.

    • John Rockefeller McCormick (1896–1901)
    • Editha McCormick (1897–1898)
    • Harold Fowler McCormick, Jr. (1898–1973) (m.1931) Anne "Fifi" Potter (1879–1969)
    • Muriel McCormick (1902–1959) (m. 1931) Elisha Dyer Hubbard (1906)
    • Mathilde McCormick (1905–1947) (m. 1923) Max Oser (1877–1942)
    • Anita Oser Pauling (d. 2009 in Paris, France) Peter Max Oser (d. 1970 in Geneva, Switzerland)
    • Joseph Medill McCormick (1877–1925) married Ruth Hanna. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention 1916 1920, member of the Illinois Legislature, U.S. Representative from Illinois 1917–1919, U.S. Senator from Illinois 1919–1925. .[7] Ruth was a Republican National Committeewoman 1924-1928, U.S. Representative from Illinois 1929–1931, candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois 1930. Wife of Joseph McCormick.[8] She maintained a large farm in Byron, IL.
    • Katrine McCormick
    • John Medill "Johnny" McCormick
    • Edward J. McCormick
    • Lawrence McCormick
    • John Robert McCormick II
    • William McCormick
    • Robert Rutherford "Bertie" McCormick (1880–1955), famous publisher of the Chicago Tribune and patriarch of Chicago. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention 1912 1940 1948 1952. He married twice and died childless. He considered his favorite niece, Ruth "Bazy" McCormick, to be his heir.[9] McCormick Place is named for him as is the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.[10] His estate, Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois, is now a museum.
    • Chauncey Brooks McCormick (1884–1954), president of International Harvester. Married Marion Deering, heiress of the Deering Machine Company fortune that had merged with McCormick to form International Harvester. They owned Villa Vizcaya in Miami.
    • Brooks McCormick (d. 2007). Last McCormick to have senior role at International Harvester.
    • Roger McCormick
    • Charles Deering McCormick
    • William McCormick Blair, Sr. (1884–1982) Founder of William Blair & Co. Married Helen Hadduck Bowen, daughter of Joseph Tilton Bowen and Lousie deKoven
    • Elizabeth Day McCormick (d. 1957) Owned one of the finest and most complete textile and costume collections, now the Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. To the University of Chicago she donated two very important early Greek texts, the Rockefeller-McCormick Manuscript, in memory of her cousin and fellow collector, Edith Rockefeller McCormick, and later the Elizabeth Day McCormick Apocalypse.
    • Robert Hall McCormick III Head of the McCormick Estate, Chicago Alderman for 21st Ward, and worked at the Brazilian Embassy in Rio de Janeiro. Welcomed Marconi to the US in 1914. Maintained Roman style sailing ship, the San Marco in Venice, Italy, which was sunk by Nazis during WWII. Married Eleanor Russell Morris, descended from the aristocratic Lords of the Manor of Morrisania, signers of the Decleration of Independence and penman of the U. S. Constitution.


The McCormicks are remembered through their philanthropy and projects named in their honor, including:


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