Leander James McCormick

Leander James McCormick

Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Death 20 Feb 1900 (aged 81)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 68144426 · View Source
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Leander James McCormick was the fourth child of Robert McCormick and Mary Anna McChesney Hall. He was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. On 22 Oct 1845, he married Henrietta Maria Hamilton, at her parents, Patrick Hall and Susanna McChesney's Locust Hill, Rockbridge County, Virginia home. They had four children together.

He was an inventor and businessman. He owned about a third share of the McCormick reaper company, handling the manufacturing. His father worked on harvesting equipment for a long time and his brother Cyrus perfected one, starting them out. He ran the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. He owned a lot of real estate including the Virginia Hotel, wherel he died, at Ohio and Rush Streets. He wrote the Family Record and Biography about the McCormick genealogy in 1896. He signed a copy and gave it to my great grandmother since her family is in the same book. The sepia photo, on the side was inside my copy of the book. Click on photo.

The Library of Virginia, Guide to the Papers of the McChesney Family contain: "Among the personal correspondence is an interesting letter, December 19, 1878, from L[eander] J. McCormick (1819-1900) of Chicago, Illinois, to Zachariah J. McChesney of Staunton, Virginia. He first expresses sympathy in a kind and empathetic manner for the death of McChesney's wife, [Nancy Bell McChesney]. McCormick discusses at length his father, Robert McCormick (1780-1846), who devoted his energies and inventive mind to an enterprise in which his name is scarcely known. He refers to his father's inventions, including the McCormick wheat reaper, hemp break with horse power, threshing machine, smith's bellows, hillside plow, water down, and clover sheller."

A dispatch from Chicago says: Leander J. McCormick, the last of the three brothers who gave the world the famous reaper and other machines that bear their name, is dying in his apartment at the Virginia Hotel, in Chicago. Mr. McCormick is in his 82d year, but until the death of his wife, in November last, bore his great age with vigor. He has been gradually failing since that date. 10 Jan 1900 issue of the Lexington Gazette, page 3 of 4.

See his connected wife's site for her obit. It also has some data on him.

LEANDER J. McCORMICK DEAD - Leander J. McCormick, a member of the famous harvester machinery family, died of pneumonia at the Virginia Hotel in Chicago, Tuesday, February 20, 1900. Leander J McCormick  was born in Rockbridge County, VA in 1819, and was the son of Robert McCormick, the inventor of the reaper.  He inherited from his father, who was an inventor of rare ability with love for mechanics, and as early as 1845, had a one-third interest in the 75 reaping machines that was built end sold by the elder McCormick. In 1847, Leander McCormick went to Cincinnati and there engaged with his brother, the late Cyrus H. McCormick in the construction of 100 machines. In the following year, they had moved to Chicago. He and his brother, late in 1819, started the formation of the great industry which is now conducted by the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. The fire of 1871, however, destroyed all their pattern, apparatus and stock. At the same time Leander McCormick's handsome residence at Rush and Ohio streets, on the present site now of the Virginia Hotel, was burned. The brothers rebuilt their plants and incorporated in 1879 under the name of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. Leander took entire charge of the manufacturing department of the business and continued in that position down to the year of 1879, when the company became incorporated. Ten years later he retired from active business. Mr. McCormick was an inventor second only in rank to his father, and during his long connection with the manufacture of the reaper made many valuable improvements in the machine. Among these were the seat on which a man could ride and rake the ground from the platform to the ground; the application of a long arm over the divider as a substitute for the oar that originally supported the reel and abstracted the free passage of leaning grain, and finally, the position of a scat for the driver who had originally ridden one of the horses. His wife, whom he married in 1845, was Miss Henrietta Hamilton, daughter of John Hamilton, of Wesley Chapel, near this county. Mrs. McCormick died a few months ago. Mr. McCormick was 81 years old, but, though, enfeebled by advanced age, and ailing since the death of his wife last November, he was not thought to be in a critical condition. Robert Hall McCormick and Leander Hamilton McCormick, had two surviving sons, were at his bedside at the time of his death. His only daughter, Mrs. F. E. Goodhart, is absent in England, Among Mr. McCormick's largo properties, which will aggregate about $5,000,000., were the following Chicago buildings: Virginia H del, Victoria Hotel, Atlas block, Roanoke building,  Ely building, Ceylon building, McCormick block, Oxford building and the Eessex building. He also holds extensive interest in Lake Forest, including a fancy stock farm and summer residence. 28 Feb 1900 issue of the Lexington Gazette, page 3 of 4 (see photo).

The same paper above included: LEANDER McCORMICK'S WILL. Chicago, February 23, - Leander J. McCormick's will, which was filed in the Probate Court today, disposes of an estate scheduled as being worth $4,135,000, though Mr. McCormick's lawyer said the actual value is not less than $5,000,000. The will dated February 2, 1898, provides that the wife of the testator shall be awarded her lawful share of the estate. This is nullified, owing to the fact that Mrs. McCormick died some time ago. The estate is left in trust to R. Hall McCormick, who is nominated as executor of the will. It is directed that the property shall be held in trust for twenty years. At the expiration of that time it is to be divided equally between the three surviving heirs or their children, pending which division each of the heirs shall receive an annuity of $20,000. The surviving heirs are R. Hall McCormick, Leander H. MCCormick, of Chicago, and Mrs. Nettie J. Goodhart, wife of F. E. Goodhart, of Hadlow Castle Kent, England.

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