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Ruth Hanna McCormick (Hanna)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH, United States
Death: December 31, 1944 (64)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Marcus Alonzo "Mark" Hanna, U.S. Senator and Charlotte Augusta Rhodes Hanna
Wife of Joseph M. McCormick, U.S. Senator and Albert G. Simms, U.S. Congress
Mother of John Medill McCormick; Ruth Elizabeth "Bazy" Tankersley and Katrina August Barnes
Sister of ? Hanna

Occupation: Publisher, US Republican Representative, suffragist
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About Ruth Hanna, U.S. Congress

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Ruth Hanna, Ruth Hanna McCormick or Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms (March 27, 1880–December 31, 1944) was a United States Representative from Illinois.


Life


Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms was the daughter of Mark Hanna and the wife of Sen. Joseph Medill McCormick and later of Congressman Albert Gallatin Simms, hence her maiden name, Ruth Hanna, and name upon death, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, are also seen in the literature. McCormick took an active role in the women's suffrage movement.


McCormick was born in Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Hathaway Brown School. Later, she attended the The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York and the Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She owned and operated a dairy and breeding farm near Byron, Illinois and was the publisher and president of the Rockford Consolidated Newspapers in Rockford, Illinois.


McCormick was the chairman of the first woman’s executive committee of the Republican National Committee, and an associate member of the national committee 1919-1924, in the latter year becoming the first elected national committeewoman from Illinois and served until 1928. She was an active worker for the suffrage amendment from 1913 until the United States Constitution was amended. From 1913 to 1914, she served as head of the Congressional Committee for the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). She took over leadership from Alice Paul, who went on to form the Congressional Union as a separate national suffrage organization. During her time as leader of the Congressional Committee, she produced an eight-reel melodrama Your Girl and Mine, which was intended to help gain support for the suffrage movement. The film never circulated broadly, despite critical praise from contemporary film reviewers, because the distribution agreement between NAWSA and the World Film Company fell apart shortly after the premiere in 1914 and the film was confined to private screenings.


McCormick was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress and served from March 4, 1929 to March 3, 1931 for the House of Representatives, at-large from Illinois. She was not a candidate for renomination in 1930 since she received the Republican nomination for United States Senator in which election she was unsuccessful. She resumed her newspaper interests. She married Albert Gallatin Simms, of New Mexico, who was also a Member of the Seventy-first Congress and resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1932 she founded Sandia Preparatory School and in 1938 she founded Manzano Day School. She died in Chicago, Illinois in 1944 and was buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Ruth McCormick Simms (née Ruth Hanna; March 27, 1880 – December 31, 1944) was a United States Representative from Illinois and active in the women's suffrage movement.

Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms was the daughter of Senator Mark Hanna and the wife of Senator Joseph Medill McCormick and later of Congressman Albert Gallatin Simms, hence her maiden name, Ruth Hanna, and name upon death, Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms, are also seen in the literature.

McCormick was born in Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Hathaway Brown School. Later, she attended The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York and the Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She owned and operated a dairy and breeding farm near Byron, Illinois and was the publisher and president of the Rockford Consolidated Newspapers in Rockford, Illinois.

In 1903 she married Joseph "Medill" McCormick. They had three children:

Ruth "Bazy" McCormick Miller Tankersley, (1921–2013) She was publisher of the Washington Times-Herald and founded Al-Marah Arabians, a breeding and training farm for Arabian horses now in Tucson, Arizona, which is still operating. Katrina McCormick (1913–2011), who married Courtland Dixon Barnes, Jr. John Medill McCormick, called "Johnny," died in a mountain-climbing accident in 1938. Medill served in both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate prior to his death at age 47 on February 25, 1925. Although not publicized as such at the time, his death was considered a suicide.

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Ruth Hanna, U.S. Congress's Timeline

1880
March 27, 1880
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH, United States
1913
March 8, 1913
Age 32
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
1916
August 25, 1916
Age 36
Chicago, Cook County, IL, United States
1921
March 7, 1921
Age 40
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
1944
December 31, 1944
Age 64
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
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Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States