James McCormick, Jr. was a son of James and Mary Alricks McCormick.
He attended the Harrisburg Academy, Harrisburg, PA, and was graduated
from Yale University in 1887.
He was employed as a clerk in the Dauphin Deposit Bank (1887-88) and
secretary of the Paxton flour mills (1888-1900) and devoted his business
efforts to management and experimental reforestation of his farms (100-36).
He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harrisburg Public library
for 38 years. He was unmarried.
A patron of the arts, he was a fan of the Harrisburg Symphony orchestra
and played the violin for his own pleasure. Active in the Harrisburg
Natural History Society and Dauphin County Historical Society -- the
organization that now houses the McCormick Family Papers -- James was
dedicated, in his day, to preserving Harrisburg's past. He also was
an avid reader and was the oldest member of the board of trustees of
the Harrisburg Public Library, having served for 38 consecutive years.
He was a member of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg.
At the age of sixteen, James lost his left leg in a shooting accident,
when he fell while walking over the ledge of rocks off South Street
with a loaded gun in his hand. Then incident received minor press coverage
at the time, expressing, to James' parents, the "sympathies of
the public in this sad misfortune to their bright, intelligent and promising
His siblings were Henry, William, Donald, Robert, (who remained bachelors),
Herman and Mary-Kerr McCormick, both of whom died in infancy, and Eliza,
the only one of her immediate family to marry.
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for Pennsylvania Cultural Studies at the Pennsylvania
State University at Harrisburg, in cooperation with the Historical
Society of Dauphin County, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Director of
the McCormick Family Papers Project at the Center is Professor Michael
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