Kimball, John White was born on February 27, 1828 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Alpheus and Harriet (Stone) Kimball.
Educated Fitchburg Academy.
Entered army, captain Company B, 15th Massachusetts Volumes, June 28, 1861. Major, August, 1861, lieutenant colonel, April 29, 1862, colonel, 53d Massachusetts Volumes, November 12, 1862. Bvtd. brigadier general vols., March 13, 1865, “for gallant and distinguished services during the war.”.