Biography of Walter McCormick
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





McCormick, Walter, was born in the city of Ithaca, October 25, 1854, a son of Michael McCormick, who has been a resident here since 1840. Walter was educated in the public schools and Ithaca Academy, after leaving which he entered the dry goods store of Hawkins, Finch & Co., with whom he was employed as a clerk for three years. He then formed a partnership with Patrick Conway, which continued three years, when our subject sold his interest to Mr. Conway and followed the meat business for a year. He then went into a retail liquor store on South Cayuga street, remaining five years. He next went into a foundry and machine shop at Waverly, the firm being Francis & McCormick, which concern existed one year, then Mr. McCormick sold his interest and returned to Ithaca in 1883, buying the St. John Hotel. He conducted the hotel, on the south side of the street, nine years, and in 1892 he bought the American House, at the corner of State and Fulton streets, where he has since been engaged in business, having a fine hotel of seventeen rooms and every convenience for the traveling public. He is a Democrat in politics, and has always been an active worker in the party. In 1892 he was elected alderman of the First Ward. He is a member of the street commission and lighting commission. He was acting mayor of the city for three months during the illness of Mayor Bouton. In 1878 our subject married Ellen Dugan, of Pennsylvania, and they have five children.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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