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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
Collin Armstrong


COLLIN ARMSTRONG, well known in financial and advertising circles, was born in Fayetteville, N. Y., June 11, 1853, the son of Ethan and Miriam (Collin) Armstrong, the fourth generation from Hopestill Armstrong, who came to Norwich, Conn., from Scotland. His great-grandfather (Hopestill, 2nd), his grandfather David) and his father (Ethan) were all born in Bennington, Vt.

Mr. Armstrong was graduated from Amherst College in 1877. He was for a time a reporter on the New York World, and June 28, 1878, became Financial Editor and advertising representative of the New York Sun. He held this position for nearly twenty-five years, building up the financial page of that paper until it was second to none in the country. Probably few newspaper men ever have enjoyed the close acquaintance and confidence of important men in Wall Street for so long a period as he, beginning with William H. Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, J. P. Morgan and other leaders conspicuous in finance and corporation management to the present time.

In November, 1909, he organized the advertising agency of Collin Armstrong, Inc., of which he is President.

He numbers among his clientele a considerable list of the largest and most successful national advertisers of America.

Mr. Armstrong was one of the organizers of the Association of New York Advertising Agents, and has served as a member of its Executive Committee, Secretary and Treasurer, and since 1915 as Chairman of the Association. He was President of the Sphinx Club, 1912-1913; and is a director and Chairman of the Publicity Committee of the Westchester County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, a life member of the National Academy of Design, a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vice-President of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, 1904-1908, Vice-President Alumni of Amherst College, President of the Amherst Alumni Association of New York, 1913-1915. He was President of the Sun Alumni Association from 1909-1913, and is Chairman of its Executive Committee, and was active in organizing the Society of the Onandagas and served for two years as its first President. He is a member of the University, Lotos, Salinagundi, Alpha Delta Phi and Bankers clubs, New York City, and the University Club of Syracuse, N. Y.

He married, April 2, 1901, Miss Elizabeth Hale, daughter of William S. and Sarah Hale, of Neenah, Wis. Mr. Armstrong’s home is at Scarsdale, N. Y., and his business address 1463 Broadway, New York City.


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