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John Alexander Kress, American army officer.


Kress, John Alexander was born on November 4, 1839 in Tioga Company, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Benjamin and Margaret Ann (Wilcox) Kress.


Early education in schools of Tioga Company, Pennsylvania, and Laporte Company, Indiana.


Entered United States Military Academy, 1858. Resigned October 31, 1861, to accept appointment by General James S. Wadsworth of New York as First lieutenant 25th New York Volunteer Infantry and a.-d.-c. to General Wadsworth. Major 94th New York, July 1862.

Lieutenant colonel, November 1862. Commanded regiment in battle of Fredericksburg. Detailed as inspector general 1st division, 1st corps.

Appointed Second lieutenant, ordnance department, United States of America, and later chief ordnance Officer, Department of the James. Lieutenant colonel, 117th United States.C.T., and inspector general 25th Army Corps. Assigned to Rock Island Arsenal, 1865.

United States Arsenal, Pittsburgh, 1867. Vancouver, Washington, 1871. San Antonio, Texas, 1882.

Indianapolis, 1883; St. Louis Powder Depot, 1886. Benicia, California, Arsenal, 1887. St. Louis Powder Depot, 1890.

Assigned as chief ordnance officer United States of America, encamped at Chickamauga, Tennessee, 1898. Served in Cuba as chief ordnance officer 1st army corps, and chief ordnance officer, entire Island of Cuba, on staff Major General Brooke. Again commander St. Louis Powder Depot, 1899, until promoted brigadier general United States of America, and retired August 17, 1903.


All Christians, and particularly those in leadership positions, should prayerfully seek God’s mind and will and strongly to consider the potential problems of politicizing the church and the pulpit before endorsing candidates.


Church decisions should be made as openly as possible, giving opportunities for all to contribute. It is important for all views to be heard and taken seriously, especially where Christians disagree.


Married Annie A. Muhlenberg, September 1, 1887.

Benjamin Kress

Margaret Ann (Wilcox) Kress

Annie A. Muhlenberg