Joseph Frances Armour

Joseph Frances Armour

Birth
Stockbridge, Madison County, New York, USA
Death 5 Jan 1881 (aged 38–39)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 98401143 · View Source
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Youngest brother of the meat packing dynasty Armour family,Joseph grew up in New York watching as his brothers Phillip and Herman made their way in the business world. As they became successful, they called upon Joseph to handle various operations within their growing meatpacking and grain businesses. He came to Chicago from New York in 1865, beckoned by his brother Herman, who had developed a grain commission business in the city. Joseph additionally took charge of the Chicago pork packing operations of Plankington & Armour for his brother Philip in 1868.

By 1875 Joseph Armour was President of Armour and Co, the largest meatpacking company in the world, whose motto had become "We feed the world." The company is a core inspiration of Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle" and of Carl Sandburg's poem "Chicago" with his description of the city as "Hog Butcher for the World." When Joseph became ill Philip Armour moved to Chicago from New York to assist and eventually relocate the company headquarters. Herman expanded his role in New York,

Upon his early death, Joseph Armour left a sum of $100,000 to Philip to be used to create an institution for the benefit of all Chicagoans. Philip Armour eventually used that as seed money to start the Armour Mission, to be named in honor of Joseph's first wife Amelia, and affiliated with Plymouth Church. The Armour Mission led to the creation of the Armour Flats and then the Armour Institute of Technology, now known as the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Armour left behind his second wife, Carrie Louise Gurnee Armour. He was proceeded in death by their child, Gurnee Armour, and his first wife, Amelia Gurnee Armour, Carrie's sister.


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  • Created by: Don M
  • Added: 6 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98401143
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Frances Armour (1842–5 Jan 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98401143, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Don M (contributor 47122049) .