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Unto Mr. and Mrs. McCormick were born seven children. His sons have be-
come his successors in the management and control of the immense business
established by the father, Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., being now president of the
International Harvester Company, Harold its treasurer and Stanley its comp-
troller. The second son, Robert, died in infancy. The daughters were Mary
Virginia, Anita and Alice. Mary Virginia was born May 5, 1861. Anita, born
July 4, 1866, was married September 26, 1886, to Emmons Elaine, who died
June 18, 1892, leaving a son, Emmons Elaine, born August 30, 1890. Alice Mc-
Cormick, born May 15, 1870, died January 27, 1871.

Those who saw Mr. McCormick only in business relations and witnessed evi-
dences of his irresistible energy and unfaltering determination, sometimes felt
that there was no other side to his life, and yet he was a man of deep sentiment,
who loved music and was "as fond of flowers as a child." He said: "I' love
best the old-fashioned pinks, because they grew in my mother's garden in Virginia."
and on more than one occasion the tears came into his eyes at the sight of moun-
tains, recalling memories of his old Virginian home. He held friendship inviolable
and the accumulation of wealth affected in no way his relations with his fellowmen.

In early manhood Mr. McCormick united with the Presbyterian church and
to that faith always adhered, but his was the practical working Christianity rather
than that of dogma or creed. When wealth came to him he remembered the im-
pressions which he formed on one of his early trips through the west concern-
ing profanity, infidelity and immorality then prevalent. He felt that the people
of these towns and villages needed religious instruction and soon after his success
had reached the million dollar mark he determined to establish the best possible
college for the education of ministers. In 1859 he offered one hundred thousand
dollars for the founding of a theological school in Chicago and thus McCormick
Theological Seminary, originally called the Northwestern Seminary, came into
existence. His first bequest was but the forerunner of a generous support which
he always accorded to the school. About 1872 he purchased The Interior, a re-
ligious weekly of the highest rank, and it is said that no matter how weighty
or important were business affairs, he always had time to talk to his editors and
his professors. His last public speech, read by his son Cyrus, because he was too
weak to deliver it himself, was given at the laying of the cornerstone of a new
college building that he had erected. This speech closed with the words: "I
never doubted that success would ultimately reward our efforts, and now, on this
occasion, we may fairly say that the night has given place to the dawn of a
brighter day than any which has hitherto shone upon us."

No one ever had reason to question the position of Cyrus Hall McCormick upon
any vital issue or problem. He stood with the same fearlessness in support of his
political views that he did when defending his rights in commercial and manu-
facturing circles. He was an advocate of Jefferson democracy but found the
greatest delight in listening to the distinguished statesmen in the senate. He was
himself never successful in politics, although several times a candidate for office.
One of his biographers said: "He was not the sort of man who gets elected. He


stood for his whole party at a time when the average politician was standing only
for himself. He talked of 'fundamental principles' while the other leaders, for
the most part, were thinking of salaries. He gave up his time and his money as
freely for politics as he did for religion; but he was out of his element. He was
too sincere, too simple, too intent upon a larger view of public questions. He
could never talk the flexible language of diplomacy nor suit his theme to tne
prejudice of his listeners. No other man of his day, either in or out of public
office, was so free from local prejudices and so intensely national in his beliefs
and sympathies." After the close of the Civil war, which had divided churches
as well as the country, he was one of the first to advocate unity among them, say-
ing: "When are we to look for the return of brotherly love and Christian fel-
lowship so long as those who aspire to fill the high places of the church indulge
in such wrath and bitterness ? Now that the great conflict of the Civil war is
past and its issues settled, religion and patriotism alike require trie exercise of
mutual forbearance and the pursuit of those things which tend to peace." He
himself never held personal prejudice or cherished resentments and was very
quick to forgive. He ever attempted to maintain a most just and kindly policy
with his employes and felt the keenest pride in the loyalty of his workmen.
Even when his employes were many in number he could call a large majority of
them by name and he never refused to extend a helping hand when he felt that
aid was needed.

Death came to Mr. McCormick on the 13th of May, 1884. He was a man
of splendid physique, six feet in height, weighing two hundred pounds, well pro-
portioned and with erect bearing. Even in his later years when infirmities of
age came upon him he was a masterful man and to him was accorded the precious
prize of keen mentality to the last. He was extremely neat in dress and personal
appearance and always a dignified figure. His social interests were comparatively
few, yet it was not because he did not enjoy the companionship of his fellowmen
but rather because he felt that there was a work for him to do in the world and
business claimed his time and energies. Figure, if you can, what America would
be today without her perfected agricultural machinery; shut down all of the
workshops, factories and salesrooms where the products directly concerned with
reaper and binder manufacture are made and handled, the mills and the elevators
that are in operation because the great wheat harvests of the world can be gathered
estimate all this and you will know what Cyrus Hall McCormick's contribution
to the world and advancing civilization has been. In the perspective of the years
he will stand out even more strongly as a central figure on the canvas of history than
he does today. When he lay in state, in his Chicago home, there was a reaper,
modelled in white flowers, at his feet; and upon his breast a sheaf of the ripe,
yellow wheat, surmounted by a crown of lilies. These were the emblems of the
work that had been given him to do and the evidence of its completion.


No position is more difficult, perhaps, than to stand in the colossal shadow
of the dead. There are various institutions in which a name has come to stand


for certain work, for certain characteristics and for certain brilliant achievement,
and it is made to reflect against the individual who bears that name if his lines
of life are not cast at least somewhat after the same pattern or in the same mold.
Thoughtful consideration shows one that conditions change with each generation
and that duties and obligations arise that were unknown to the preceding gen-
eration. Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., belongs to that younger generation of busi-
ness men of Chicago called upon to shoulder responsibilities differing materially
from those resting upon their predecessors. In a broader field of enterprise they
find themselves obliged to deal with affairs of greater magnitude, and to solve
more difficult and complicated financial and economic problems. While he en-
tered upon a business that was not only already established but had already
reached mammoth proportions, he has met and solved new problems not the least
of which were brought about in the merging of the various manufacturing in-
terests that are now conducted under the name of the International Harvester
Company. He had received thorough business training under his father's guidance,
leaving college to become a factor in the management of the McCormick interests.
His birth occurred in Washington, D. C., May 16, 1859, when his parents were
temporarily residing there. He was a pupil in the public schools of Chicago
until graduated from the high school with the honors of his class, and then he
entered Princeton University, being numbered among its alumni of 1879. In
the succeeding fall he became identified with the McCormick Harvesting Machine
Company, filling various positions both in the manufactory and in the office, for
it was the father's purpose as well as the son's desire that the latter should be-
come thoroughly familiar with the business in every feature. Following the father's
death in May, 1884, Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., was elected to the presidency
of the company, thus continuing as its chief executive officer until 1902, when he
was elected to the presidency of the International Harvester Company, which pur-
chased the plant and business of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. With
various financial enterprises he is officially connected, being a director of the Mer-
chants Loan & Trust Company, the National City Bank of New York and the
Chicago & Northwestern Railway. He is also a director of the McCormick Theo-
logical Seminary, the Field Museum of Natural History and is a member of the
board of trustees of Princeton University and of Lake Forest University. He is
well known in club circles in both Chicago and New York, his membership being
with the Chicago and University Clubs and the Chicago Athletic Association of
the former city, and the Metropolitan and University Clubs of New York. In
1889 he represented the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company at the Paris Ex-
position and was there decorated as Officer du Merite Agricole, a decoration rarely
bestowed upon others than citizens of the French republic. In 1900, as a represen-
tative of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company at the Paris Exposition,
he received the decoration of Officier of the Legion of Honor.

In 1889 Mr. McCormick was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Bradley
Hammond, a niece of Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Stickney, of Chicago. Their
children are: Cyrus McCormick III, born September 22, 1890; Elizabeth, who
was born July 12, 1892, and died January 25, 1905; and Gordon McCormick, born
June 21, 1894.



Harold Fowler McCormick, the third son of Cyrus Hall McCormick, Sr., was
born on the 2d of May, 1872, and prepared for his college training by study in
the University School of Chicago and the Browning School of New York city,
attending the latter from 1889 until 1891. He then entered the freshman class
of Princeton University in the fall of the latter year and was graduated from
that institution in 1895.

Before his graduation Mr. McCormick had already commenced to familiarize
himself with the business of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. In
August, 1896, he assumed control of the general agency at Council Bluffs, where
he managed the company's business for the next year. He then entered the
general offices of the company and was elected vice president on the 4th of Jan-
uary, 1898, filling that position until the organization of the International Har-
vester Company, of which corporation he was chosen vice president in 1902.

Mr. McCormick is a member of the Chicago and University Clubs of Chicago,
the Chicago Athletic Association, the Onwentsia Club of Lake Forest, Illinois,
and the University Club of New York city. He is a trustee of the University
of Chicago, the McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Chicago Orchestral
Association, and is also a director of the First National Bank of Chicago.

On the 26th of November, 1895, occurred the marriage of Harold Fowler
McCormick and Miss Edith Rockefeller, a daughter of John D. Rockefeller, and
unto them have been born five children, namely: John Rockefeller, born Feb-
ruary 24, 1897, who passed away on the 2d of January, 1901 ; Harold Fowler,
Jr., born November 15, 1898; Muriel McCormick, born September 10, 1902;
Editha McCormick, born September 17, 1903, who died June 11, 1904; and Mathilde
McCormick, born April 8, 1905.


Stanley McCormick, the youngest member of the McCormick family, was born
November 2, 1874, and supplemented his early educational training by study in
the University School of Chicago and the Browning School of New York city.
Upon leaving the latter institution he entered the freshman class of Princeton
University in the fall of 1891, and was graduated therefrom in 1895. He has
since been actively identified with the McCormick interests and represented the
McCormick Harvesting Machine Company at the Paris Exposition in 1900, where
he received the decoration of Officier du Merite Agricole from the French govern-
ment. Later he served in that company as superintendent of the works and has
continued in the International Harvester Company in the position of comptroller
since 1904.

On the 15th of September, 1904, Mr. McCormick was united in marriage to
Miss Katherine Dexter, of Boston, a daughter of the late Wirt Dexter, an eminent
lawyer of Chicago. In club circles Mr. McCormick is well known, holding mem-


bership in the Chicago, University, Saddle and Cycle and Union Clubs of Chicago,
the Onwentsia Club of Lake Forest, Illinois, and the University Club of New
York city. He is a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a director of the
Chicago Bureau of Charities.


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