William B. McCord, Papers, 1868-1967


Prepared by Merritt D. Betts, April 23, 1981
Revised by Stephanie Wachalec, October 22, 2003
1 slim document case, .16 cubic feet, 11th floor
Old archives number: D.3.2.1.

Historical Note

Philip McCord Morse's genealogical study of his family, Your Ancestors includes a summary of the life of Morse's great-grandfather, William B. McCord (1844-1908). According to this source, McCord served in the Civil War in the the 179th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (1864-1865) and started the Salem Daily News, the first daily newspaper in Salem, Ohio in 1891. In 1901 and 1905 he was elected to the Ohio Legislature as Representative for Columbiana County.

Scope and Content

William B. McCord's journals give his own account of the years 1868-1871, covering his church activities, courtship with Helen Lydia Guisse of Wellsville, Ohio and his work in the newspaper business.

Box 1

  1. Your Ancestors, by Philip McCord Morse, privately published, 1967
  2. Journal by William McCord January-December, 1868
  3. Journal by William McCord January, 1869-August, 1872; September, 1876; January, 1879. Includes an entry by Charles Colclough October, 1879
  4. Items removed from the second journal, includes stationery with McCord's name listed as editor and proprietor of The Wellsville Union, dated 1876, program from The East Liverpool Tribune Memorial Day, 1885 and a poem by his daughter Edith entitled Patchwork.