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Mccormick, Robert Laird 1847 - 1911

Mccormick, Robert Laird 1847 - 1911 | Wisconsin Historical Society
lumberman, banker, b. near Lock Haven, Pa. In 1868 he moved to Winona, Minn., where he worked in the lumber firm of his uncle, William H. Laird, and in 1874 he moved to Waseca, Minn., where he operated a lumberyard, while continuing his association with his uncle's firm, Laird and Norton Co. McCormick was mayor of Waseca (1874-1880), and also served in the Minnesota state senate. In 1881, with Frederick Weyerhaeuser (q.v.) and his associates, McCormick helped organize the Northern Wisconsin Lumber Co. with headquarters at Hayward. He moved to Hayward the following year, and was secretary and treasurer of the Northern Wisconsin Lumber Co. until 1904. In Hayward he was also an organizer of the Sawyer County Bank, and served as its first president. Closely associated with Frederick Weyerhaeuser throughout his business career, McCormick was one of the organizers (1900) of the Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. of Tacoma, Wash., and in 1904 moved to Tacoma where he served as secretary of the Weyerhaeuser company until his death. McCormick was president of the Wisconsin State Historical Society (1901-1904), and after moving west was president of the Washington state historical society, the Pacific National Bank of Tacoma, and the Lumberman's State Bank of Hoquiam, Wash. Who Was Who in Amer. (1943); Proc. State Hist. Soc. Wis., 1911 (1912); Chicago Amer. Lumberman, Feb. 11, 1911; Milwaukee Sentinel, Feb. 7, 1911; Tacoma (Wash.) Daily Ledger, Feb. 6, 1911.

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