McCormick in 1912
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1919 - February 25, 1925
|J. Hamilton Lewis|
|Charles S. Deneen|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's at-large district
March 4, 1917 - March 3, 1919
|Burnett M. Chiperfield|
|Member of the|
Illinois House of Representatives
Joseph Medill McCormick
May 16, 1877
|Died||February 25, 1925 (aged 47)|
|Children||3, including Bazy|
|Parents||Robert Sanderson McCormick|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Joseph Medill McCormick (May 16, 1877 - February 25, 1925), called Medill, was part of the McCormick family of businessmen and politicians in Chicago. After working for some time and becoming part owner of the Chicago Tribune, which his maternal grandfather had owned, he entered politics.
He worked as a newspaper reporter and publisher, and became an owner of the Chicago Daily Tribune. He later purchased interests in The Cleveland Leader and Cleveland News. In 1901 he served as a war correspondent in the Philippine Islands.
McCormick was a grandson of the Tribune owner Joseph Medill. His mother Katherine Medill McCormick hoped that leadership of the paper would pass from her brother-in-law, Robert Wilson Patterson, to her first son. Joseph McCormick took over much of the management of the paper between 1903 and 1907, but became increasingly depressed and developed alcoholism. In 1907-1908, he spent some time under the care of the psychoanalyst Carl Jung in Zurich, and subsequently followed Jung's advice to detach himself from the family newspaper.
His younger brother, the famed "Colonel" Robert McCormick (1880-1955) became involved in the newspaper, worked closely on it for four decades, and was a leading isolationist figure in the Republican Party.
Afterward he advanced to national office, being elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served one term 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 at age 48 in 1925. 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, who had previously served as the 23rd Governor of Illinois. He died on February 25, 1925, in a hotel room in Washington, DC. Although it was not publicized at the time, his death was considered suicide. McCormick was interred in Middle Creek Cemetery, near Byron, Illinois.
|Party political offices|
|First|| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois
Charles S. Deneen
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Burnett M. Chiperfield
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district
J. Hamilton Lewis
| Class 2 U.S. Senator from Illinois
Served alongside: Lawrence Yates Sherman, William B. McKinley
Charles S. Deneen