William Sanderson McCormick

William Sanderson McCormick

William Sanderson McCormick (November 2 1815 - September 27, 1865) of Virginia was a son of
Robert and Mary Ann McCormick. William was a partner with his brothers Cyrus and Leander in their Chicago reaper factory. He helped to manage the factory until shortly before his death, which occurred in the Jacksonville (Illinois) State Asylum.

McCormick married Mary Ann Grigsby on July 11 1848, and they had five (5) children: Robert Sanderson McCormick (who served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria-Hungary, Russia and France); William Grigsby McCormick; Emma Louise McCormick (Oct.14, 1854 - Mar. 4, 1893) who married Perry H. Smith on June 18, 1878; Anna Reubenia McCormick (May 22, 1860 - ) who married Edward Blair on May 29, 1882 and was the mother of William McCormick Blair; and Lucy Virginia McCormick (April 11 1865 - ) who married Samuel Rountree Jewett on October 9, 1888..

McCormick was also the grandfather (through Robert Sanderson McCormick) of U.S. Senator Joseph Medill McCormick, Robert R. McCormick (publisher of the Chicago Tribune) and (through William Grigsby McCormick) of Chauncey McCormick (director of International Harvester) and William McCormick Blair (founder of William Blair and Co., a Chicago-based investment firm).


* Cite book

publisher = Houghton Mifflin
pages = 23-25
last = Smith
first = Richard Norton
title = The Colonel: The Life and Legend of Robert R. McCormick: Indomitable Editor of The Chicago Tribune (1880-1955)
date = 1997

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