Served as Vice President of Heinze Company
and as Director, President of
Old Silver Bow Bank

     John MacGinnis, 69, former Butte mayor and later a mining magnate and banker, died last night at a hospital in Los Angeles, following an illness of several weeks. He left Butte with his family many years ago to make his home on the coast.

     News of his passing was received by his sister, Mrs. W. L. Creden of 309 West Broadway.

     Mr. MacGinnis was a native of Homer, Iowa, and was educated in Chicago. He came to Butte when a young man and became associated with the late F. Augustus Heinze, an outstanding figure in the copper industry at the turn of the century who operated many properties in the Butte district. Mr. MacGinnis served as vice president of the Heinze company. He was also one of the directors and for several years served as president of the old Silver Bow National Bank which was taken over by the Metals Bank and Trust company in June of 1922. He was mayor here in 1905 and 1906.

     He operated copper and coal properties in Montana, Mexico and British Columbia. He also served as president of the Interstate Utilities Company of Spokane, Wash.; Missouri Oxide and Chemical Company and the Gibraltar Gold Mines Company of Nevada. He was active in Democratic affairs, serving one term as national Democratic committeeman from Montana. He belonged to various mining and technical organizations.

     His home in recent years had been at 2029 Pinehurst Road, Los Angeles.

     The surviving relatives include his widow and two children, John S. MacGinnis and Mercedes MacGinnis of Los Angeles, and his sister, of Butte. Funeral arrangements had not been learned here today.


The Montana Standard
Butte, Montana
Friday, May 29, 1936  
Pages 1 & 2



    Santa Barbara, Calif., May 29,__(AP)—Funeral services were arranged today for John MacGinnis, vice president of United Copper and central figure in Montana’s “copper war” at the turn of the century.
     He died yesterday in a Santa Barbara hospital.  His widow and two children survive.

     Butte, Mont., May 29, __(AP)__John MacGinnis, who died in Santa Barbara, was a former mayor of Butte, one-time president of the Silver Bow Bank here and served in the Montana legislature.

     As an employee of Marcus Daly and later of F. A. Heinze, he was a central figure in many of the colorful episodes of the “copper barons’ wars” in the nineties.

     He was born at Homer, Iowa in 1867 and educated in Chicago, where he became secretary to the head of a hardware manufacturing firm. He met Daly on a western trip and was hired by the copper king to become an executive of the Anaconda company. Later, MacGinnis was employed by Heinze, made a vice president of the Heinze company and remained with him until 1907.

     Besides his widow, a son, John, and a daughter, Mercedes, in California, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. W. L. Creden, here.

 The Daily Inter Lake
Kalispell, Montana
Friday, May 29, 1936 - Page 8