Corse, John Murray was born on April 27, 1835 in Pittsburgh. Son of John T. and Sarah (Murray) Corse.
Entered United States Military Academy, 1853.
Commissioned major 6th Iowa Infantry, 1861, lieutenant colonel United States Volunteers, 1862, colonel, 1863, brigadier general, 1863. Inspector general United States Army under General Sherman, 1864. Collector internal revenue, Chicago, 1866 postmaster, Boston, 1885.