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Blaine, Anita McCormick

Mark R. Jorgensen

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Blaine, Anita McCormick (04 July 1866–12 February 1954), philanthropist, was born Anita Eugenie McCormick in Manchester, Vermont, the daughter of Cyrus Hall McCormick, an industrialist, and Nancy “Nettie” Fowler McCormick, a philanthropist. Cyrus McCormick had earlier invented the reaper and founded the Chicago-based McCormick Harvesting Machine, later International Harvester Company. Anita spent her early years in New York City and Chicago isolated from most children except for her four siblings and her cousins. She was educated by governesses until age twelve, after which she attended female seminaries, graduating from the Kirkland Academy in Chicago in 1884. Typical for her social class at that time, Anita did not go to college. Whereas her three brothers were sent to Princeton and groomed to take over the family business, she was prepared for the social duties of wife, mother, and hostess. Although she was always independent-minded, Anita never rebelled against social convention. She had the traditional “coming out” event in 1887 and later that year embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe....

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