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John Corson Smith, American soldier.


Smith, John Corson was born on February 13, 1832 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Robert and Sarah (Harvey) Smith.


Educational public schools, Philadelphia.


Enlisted private 74th Illinois Vols., 1862. Raised Company I, 96th Illinois Infantry, and elected major, September 6, 1862. Lieutenant colonel, September 20, 1863.

Bvtd. colonel vols., February 20, 1865. Brigadier general vols. “for meritorious services,” June 20, 1865.

Honorary mustered out, June 10, 1865. Participated in 2d battle of Fort Donelson, battles of Franklin, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kingston, Cassville, New Hope Church, Dallas, Pumpkinvine Creek, Pine Mountain, and at Kenesaw Mountain, where was severely wounded, also Nashville. In internal revenue service, 1865-1874.

Chief inspector grain, Illinois, 1875-1877. Commissioner Centennial Exposition, 1876. State treasurer, 1879-1881, 1883-1885, lieutenant governor of Illinois, 1885-1889.

Delegate Republican National convs., 1872, 76.


  • Other Work

    • Author: History of Freemasonry in Illinois, 1903. Also many pamphlets.


Married Charlotte A. Gallaher, March 24, 1856.

Robert Smith

Sarah (Harvey) Smith

Charlotte A. Gallaher