Alexander McCormick "Alex" Sturm (June 23, 1923 – November 16, 1951)
was an American artist, author, and entrepreneur who co-founded in
1949, the American firearm maker, Sturm, Ruger & Co. Sturm
provided the start-up money and designed the Germanic heraldic eagle
that is found on Ruger guns. He was the husband of Paulina Longworth.
Sturm came from a prominent
1 Early life and education 2 Co-founds Sturm, Ruger & Co. 3 Marriage 4 Death 5 References
Early life and education
Alex was born in
He would go to New York regularly on the weekends. His clothes were all custom-tailored, and he was a Renaissance type, with all kinds of talent. An artistic sense, a true brilliance, were in his genes. Alex was a voracious collector: guns, canes, swords, heraldry.
Although Sturm preferred to stay indoors, he was an accomplished polo player. Co-founds Sturm, Ruger & Co. He is perhaps best known today for his $50,000 seed-money investment in co-founding Sturm, Ruger & Co. in 1949 that was prompted by his interest in guns and his friendship with William Batterman Ruger. Ruger provided the technical know-how as a gunsmith, and business acumen; Sturm provided the Germanic heraldic-based red eagle logo and all of the financial backing necessary for starting the fledgling firearms business. Ruger once stated,
I remember Sturm and I going to New York. We invited Warren Page of Field & Stream magazine to join us for lunch so we could tell him about the pistol. Page was looking forward to meeting Alex; he expected an impressive person, which Alex was, but not in the way Page expected him to be. Alex was an odd fish in those days. He had a beard, wore green suits with all sorts of bells and whistles on them — cuffed sleeves and so on — and he had a marvelous manner. He gave you the general impression of being a prewar German baronial type. He was actually a very artistic and sensitive person, but he also looked like a bull in the woods and was quite strong.
Sturm with his wife Paulina Longworth on their wedding day, August 26, 1944.
During World War II, Sturm was an officer with the Office of Strategic
Services in Washington D.C. While in D.C., he met Paulina
Longworth, the daughter of
^ a b Wilson, R.L. (2008). Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company & Their Firearms. p. 23. ISBN 978-0785821038. ^ a b Felsenthal, Carol (2003). Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Macmillan. ^ "Miss McCormick and Justin Sturm Will Be Wed on June 24," Chicago Daily Tribune, June 14, 1922; "Chicago Flier Dies in Battle, Another in Fall," Chicago Daily Tribune, October 1, 1918. ^ a b "Justin Sturm, Sculptor and Author, Dies," Chicago Tribune, August 8, 1967. ^ Wilson (2008), p. 38. ^ Wilson (2008), p. 22. ^ "Ruger history". ^ a b Wilson, R.L. (2008). Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company & Their Firearms. p. 24. ISBN 978-0785821038. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (October 21, 2007). "A Roosevelt who married one politician and bore another's child". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2016. ^ "Bill Ruger of Brooklyn". NY Press. 2002-08-06.
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