Kilgo, John Carlisle was born on July 22, 1861 in Laurens, South Carolina, United States. Son of James T. and Catherine (Mason) Kilgo.
Educated various schools. A.M., Wofford College, 1892. (Doctor of Divinity, Wofford, and Randolph-Macon colls., 1895.
Doctor of Laws, Tulane, 1910).
Ordained Methodist Episcopal Church, South ministry, 1882. Agent, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina., 1889-1894, professor philosophy, 1890-1894. President Trinity College, Durham, North Carolina, 1894-1910.
Then president emeritus until 1917 (resigned). Elected bishop Methodist Episcopal Church, South, May 1910. Delaware General Conference 5 times.
Delegate Ecumenical Methodist Conference, London, 1901. Fraternal delegate from Methodist Episcopal Church, South to Methodist Episcopal Church, 1904. Delegate to Methodist Ecumenical Conference, Toronto, Canada, 1911.