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Senator Joseph Medill McCormick

Also Known As: "Medill"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, IL, United States
Death: February 25, 1925 (47)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, United States (suicide)
Place of Burial: Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Robert Sanderson McCormick; Catherine "Katie" Medill and Katherine Van Etta Medill
Husband of Ruth Hanna, U.S. Congress
Father of John Medill McCormick; Ruth Elizabeth "Bazy" Tankersley and Katrina August Barnes
Brother of Katrina McCormick and Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick

Occupation: Senator
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About Senator Joseph "Medill" McCormick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_M._McCormick

Joseph Medill McCormick (May 16, 1877 – February 25, 1925), known as Medill, was part of the McCormick family of businessmen and politicians in Chicago. He became a Representative and a Senator from Illinois in the United States.


Early life


Born in Chicago on May 16, 1877, Joseph Medill McCormick's father was diplomat Robert Sanderson McCormick (1849–1919), who was nephew of Cyrus McCormick. McCormick attended Groton School at Groton, Massachusetts and graduated from Yale University in 1900, where he was elected to the secret society Scroll and Key. He worked as a newspaper reporter, publisher, and owner of the Chicago Daily Tribune. He also later purchased an interest in The Cleveland Leader and Cleveland News. He was a war correspondent in the Philippine Islands in 1901. In 1903 he married Ruth Hanna, daughter of Ohio Senator Mark Hanna.


Joining and leaving the Chicago Tribune


McCormick's mother, Katherine Medill McCormick, was the daughter of Tribune owner Joseph Medill and hoped that leadership of the paper would pass from her brother-in-law, Robert Wilson Patterson, to her son. Medill took over much of the management of the paper between 1903 and 1907, but became increasingly depressed and alcoholic. In 1907–1908, he spent some time under the care of Carl Jung in Zurich, subsequently following Jung's advice to detach himself from the family newspaper.


His younger brother Robert Rutherford McCormick (1880–1955), would also become involved in the newspaper for the next four decades.


Political career


McCormick was vice chairman of the national campaign committee of the Progressive Republican movement from 1912 to 1914. He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1912 and 1914. Afterwards he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving from March 4, 1917 to March 3, 1919. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1918 and served from March 4, 1919 until his death. In the Senate, McCormick was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor and the Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments.


McCormick lost the nomination in 1924 to Charles S. Deneen, and died on February 25, 1925 in a hotel room in Washington, DC. Although kept quiet at the time, his death was considered suicide.[4] McCormick was interred in Middle Creek Cemetery, near Byron, Illinois. He was the husband of Ruth Hanna McCormick and father of Al-Marah Arabians owner Ruth "Bazy" McCormick Miller Tankersley and of Katrina McCormick Barnes. His son Medill, called "Johnny," died in a mountain-climbing accident in 1938.

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Senator Joseph "Medill" McCormick's Timeline

1877
May 16, 1877
Chicago, Cook, IL, United States
1880
1880
Age 2
Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
1880
Age 2
Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
1900
1900
Age 22
Chicago Ward 24, Cook, Illinois
1910
1910
Age 32
Chicago Ward 34, Cook, Illinois
1913
March 8, 1913
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
1916
August 25, 1916
Chicago, Cook County, IL, United States
1921
March 7, 1921
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
1925
February 25, 1925
Age 47
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, United States