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 Leander James McCormick

Leander James McCormick

Birth
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."

His wife's obit also has some data on him, on her Findagrave site.

J&DG kindly sent me his obit (see photo) and a second column about Leander McCormick's Will, from The Lexington Gazette, Lexington, Virginia, February 28, 1900 issue. Transcription of latter: 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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  • Created by: LSP
  • Added: 10 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68144426
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leander James McCormick (8 Feb 1819–20 Feb 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68144426, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by LSP (contributor 46860931) .