★  Geary, John White

John White Geary


Born: December 30, 1819

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Father: Richard Geary

Mother: Margaret White

Wife: Margaret Ann Logan 1823 – 1853
(Buried: Delmont Presbyterian Church, Delmont, Pennsylvania)​

Wife: Mary C. Church 1828 – 1913
(Buried: Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)​


Captain Edward Ratchford Geary 1845 – 1863​
(Buried: Delmont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Delmont, Pennsylvania)​
Major William Logan Geary 1849 – 1907​
(Buried: San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, California)​
Mary Church Geary Bonzano 1861 – 1940​
(Buried: Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)​
John White Geary Jr. 1869 – 1940​
(Buried: Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)​


1841: Graduated from Jefferson College​

Occupation before War:

Surveyor and Land Speculator in Kentucky​
Construction Engineer for Alleghany Portage Railroad​
Served in the Mexican – American War, rising to Colonel​
Geary 1.jpeg
Wounded five times at the Battle of Chapultepec, Mexico​
United States Postmaster in San Francisco, California Territory​
Alcade for the City of San Francisco, California Territory​
1850 – 1851: Mayor of San Francisco, California​
1856 – 1857: Governor of Kansas Territory​

Civil War Career:

Helped raise the 28th and 147th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiments​
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 28th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment​
1862: Wounded and captured in Leesburg, Virginia​
1862 – 1865: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers Infantry​
1862: Served in the Shenandoah Valley under Major General Banks​
1862: Wounded in the arm and leg at Battle of Cedar Mountain​
1863: Knocked unconscious by a cannonball past his head​
1863: Served in the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: His son died in his arms at the Battle of Wauhatchie​
1863: Distinguished himself at the Battle of Lookout Mountain​
1864: Distinguished himself during the Atlanta Campaign​
1864: Served in Sherman’s march to the sea in Georgia​
1864: Oversaw the Surrender of Savannah, Georgia​
1864: Military Governor of Savannah, Georgia​
1865: Served in the Carolinas Campaign​
1865: Brevetted Major General in the Union Army​

Occupation after War:

1867 – 1873: Governor of Pennsylvania​

February 8, 1873

Place of Death: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Cause of Death: Heart attack while fixing his breakfast

Age at time of Death: 53 years old

Burial Place: Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Last edited by a moderator: