Gideon Johnson Pillow, American army officer. member Southern Convention, Nashville, 1850.
Pillow, Gideon Johnson was born on June 8, 1806 in Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Son of Gideon and Anne (Payne) Pillow.
Graduated from the University Nashville, 1827.
Admitted to Tennessee bar. Practiced in partnership with James K. Polk in Columbia, Tennessee. Appointed brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1846. promoted major general due to friendship of President Polk, 1846.
Served at battles of Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras and Chapultepec. Member Southern Convention, Nashville, 1850. Appointed senior major general Provisional Army of Tennessee, later brigadier general Confederate Army, 1861.
Served at Battle of Belmont (Missouri), 1861. Practiced law in partnership with Isham G. Harris, Memphis, Tennessee, after 1865.