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American John J. PERSHING

born John Joseph PERSHING

General officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 13, 1860 in Laclede, Missouri, USA
Died: on July 15, 1948 in Washington, D.C., USA


John Joseph Pershing was born on a farm near Laclede, Missouri, to businessman John Fletcher Pershing and homemaker Ann Elizabeth Thompson. His paternal side ancestors were immigrants from Germany in late of 18th century. Originally their surname was Persching, but later Americanized to Pershing. From his mother, he has English descent. He also had five siblings: brothers James (b. 1862) and Ward (b. 1874), and sisters Mary Elizabeth (b. 1864), Anna May (b. 1867) and Grace (b. 1869); three other children died in infancy. When the Civil War began, his father worked as a sutler for the 18th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, but did not serve in the military.

John J. Pershing attended a school in Laclede that was reserved for precocious students who were also the children of prominent citizens. Completing high school in 1878, he became a teacher of local African American children.

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