McCORMICK, JAMES, son of William McCormick,.was born February 24, 1801, near Silvers Spring, Cumberland county, Pa.; died January 19, 1870, at Harrisburg, Pa. When less than five years of age he lost his father by a fatal accident. Paternal care thus devolved upon his mother, a bright, determined woman, and by her his preparatoy studies were carefully made, fitting him at an early age for Princeton College, where he graduated with reputation, and began the study of law with Andrew Carothers, Esq., of Carlisle. He was admitted to the bar of Cumberland county in 1823, and to that of Dauphin county at the August term, 1825. His most successful career never faltered as long as he was able to give his professional duties any attention, and, indeed, followed him after his retirement from all active pursuits. He served in the borough council a long time, and was president of that body, also of the Dauphin Deposit Bank, of the Harrisburg cemetery, of the Harrisburg Bridge Company, and one of the trustees of the Pine Street Presbyterian church. In all these positions he was a cautious and able adviser. He uniformly declined candidature for office, as also offers of the highest honors of his profession. Upon the retirement he gave the powers of his active mind to the management of a large estate, consisting of furnaces, rolling mills, grist mills and farms. All these interests were successful, and notwithstanding his physical disability, conducted in a masterly and systematic manner. Mr. McCormick married, in 1830, Eliza Buehler, born November 11, 1806, at Erie, Pa.; died December 25, 1877, at Harrisburg, Pa.; only daughter of George Buehler and Maria Nagle. She was, indeed, a most estimable woman. To each noble charity, benevolent enterprise, philanthropic movement, Christian endeavor, hospital or home in the city of Harrisburg she was a friend, promoter and benefactor. From no good cause or charitable work or needy poor did she withhold her hand or deny her bounty.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 Nov 2000
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