MCCORMICK, Joseph Medill

1877–1925

Biography

McCORMICK, Joseph Medill, (husband of Ruth Hanna McCormick), a Representative and a Senator from Illinois; born in Chicago, Ill., May 16, 1877; attended preparatory school at Groton, Mass.; graduated from Yale University in 1900; engaged in newspaper work as reporter, publisher, and owner of the Chicago Daily Tribune, and later purchased an interest in the Cleveland Leader and Cleveland News; war correspondent in the Philippine Islands in 1901; vice chairman of the national campaign committee of the Progressive Republican movement 1912-1914; elected to the State house of representatives in 1912 and 1914; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1919); elected to the United States Senate in 1918 and served from March 4, 1919, until his death; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1924; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor (Sixty-sixth Congress), Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses); committed suicide in Washington, D.C., on February 25, 1925; interment in Middlecreek Cemetery, near Byron, Ogle County, Ill.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: Correspondence in Samuel Alschuler papers, 1885-1969; and Lawrence Yates Sherman papers, 1880-1936.

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Papers: 1921-1925. 2 folders.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In Hanna-McCormick family papers, 1792-1951 (bulk 1918-1931). 52.8 linear feet. Includes senatorial papers, chiefly constituent mail, and correspondence relating to state and national politics and activities in the Senate. Finding aid.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1918-1920. 6 letters. Finding aid.

Princeton University
Seeley G. Mudd Library

Princeton, NJ
Papers: Draft of interview with McCormick in William Hard papers, 1914-1928.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Miller, Kristie. Ruth Hanna McCormick: A Life in Politics, 1880-1944. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1992.

Stone, Ralph A. "Two Illinois Senators Among the Irreconcilables." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 50 (December 1963): 443-65.

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