Robert Sanderson McCormick was a diplomat. Born in Rockmount Virginia, his family owned the Chicago Tribune. He married Katherine Von Etta Medill. She was the daughter of Joseph Medill who became proprietor of the Tribune.
McCormick was secretary of American Legation in London from 1889-92 which led to his appointment as official representative for the Chicago 1893 Exhibition. His diplomatic career took off in 1901 when President McKinley appointed him as minister to Austria-Hungary and later first American ambassador. McCormick's other postings included stints as ambassador to Russia (1902-05) and to France (1905-07).
Who Was Who in America, 1897-1942, vol. 1, Chicago, 1963.