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pension agent , Civil War Veteran

John Rigdon King, American pension agent, Civil War veteran.


King, John Rigdon was born on June 24, 1844 in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States. Son of Samuel L. and Eliza (Lane) King.


Educated private and public schools, Washington Company, Maryland.


Enlisted at 17 in Company H, 6th Maryland. Volunteer Infantry, served through Civil War, in 3d and 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. Prisoner of war in Salisbury, North Carolina, and Libby Prison, 6 months.

Wounded 3 times. Assisted in forming 1st Grand Army of Republic post in Maryland. Held every office including department commander. Elected senior vice-commander-in-chief, Grand Army of Republic, 1904, and became commander-in-chief, 1905.

In Baltimore Custom House 30 years. United States pension agent, Washington, till 1913. President Grand Army Club Maryland, Maryland.

Union Soldiers and Sailors Monument Commission.


Married Annie Maria Snyder, May 28, 1874.

Samuel L. King

Eliza (Lane) King

Annie Maria Snyder