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.
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.
Born in 1811, Armour came to the U.S. two years after becoming of majority age, according to a Chicago Tribune story written at the time of his death.
He first moved to Ottawa, IL, then later Joliet and Lockport before finally moving to Chicago.
He moved to Chicago in 1855 and formed a partnership with Wesley Munger.
Amour served as an elector on the Hayes 1876 presidential ticket, though he had to prove he was a naturalized citizen in order to place his vote.
He was charitable supporter of the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago and served there as a trustee and elder.
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