George Armour

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George Amour

George Armour was a Chicago businessman, grain merchant and member of the Chicago Board of Trade. He served as the president of the CBOT in 1875.[1]

George Amour was the brother of Philip Amour, the founder of the meat packing company bearing his name.

Armour was active in civic affairs and was elected the first president of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, which later was renamed the Art Institute of Chicago.

He was a part of the firm of Armour, Dole and Company. In 1860 the firm built the first grain elevator which handled grain from the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad.[2]


Armour was a grain elevator operator. He built a home in Chicago at 1945 South Prairie Avenue about 1872. Prairie Avenue was home to some of the leading citizens in Chicago.



  1. Chicago's Historic Prairie Avenue. Google Books.
  2. History of School - James Otis School. Illinois Archeology.