William Grigsby McCormick

Inducted on August 2, 2003

Brother McCormick occupied the room at 46 East Lawn on the grounds of the University of Virginia where Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded on December 10, 1869. Brother McCormick was born on June 3, 1851, in Chicago, Illinois, and was the oldest living of all founders. He joined the Chapter Celestial on November 29, 1941. Brother McCormick was the nephew of Cyrus McCormick who was the inventor of the McCormick Reaper.

Brother McCormick’s son Walter Brooks McCormick was initiated into Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Fraternity in 1919 held in Washington D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia. Brother McCormick was given the title “Most Worthy Grand Master” for being the principal founder of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Brother McCormick spent the first 10 years of his professional life in banking, business, and real estate. In 1884, he became a member of The Chicago Board of Trade and was engaged in various stock brokerage companies.