Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
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
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.
Armstrongs home is at Scarsdale, N. Y., and his business address 1463
Broadway, New York City.
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