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John Alexander Logan
Birth: Feb. 9, 1826
Murphysboro
Jackson County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 1886
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Politician and Civil War figure. In his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (a Civil War veterans organization) he issued General Order No. 11 of May 5, 1868 which established "Decoration Day," now known as "Memorial Day," as a national holiday. Born in Murphysboro, Illinois, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Mexican War (1846 to 1848) with the 1st Illinois Infantry; then completed a law degree at Louisville University and entered politics rising from county clerk to U.S. Congressman for Illinois; left Congress in 1862 and formed a Union Civil War unit, the 31st Illinois Volunteers, which he commanded as a colonel and then rose to major general fighting in eight major campaigns, finally commanding the entire Union forces at the Battle of Atlanta (considered by many to be the premier volunteer general of the Civl War); returned to Congress in 1867 until elected senator from Illinois in 1871, serving until his death. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1884. (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Logan (1788 - 1854)
  Elizabeth Jenkins Logan (1805 - 1874)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan (1838 - 1923)*
 
 Children:
  John Cunningham Logan (1856 - 1857)*
  Mary Logan Tucker (1858 - 1940)*
  John Alexander Logan (1865 - 1899)*
 
 Siblings:
  Louisa Villars Logan Cummings (1816 - 1895)*
  John Alexander Logan (1826 - 1886)
  John Alexander Logan (1826 - 1886)*
  Dorothy Adeline Logan Thomas (1830 - 1864)*
  Margaret Caroline Logan (1832 - 1833)*
  Darthulia Angeline Logan Blanchard (1834 - 1894)*
  William Henry Logan (1836 - 1868)*
  James Villars Logan (1840 - 1917)*
  Philip Benton Logan (1841 - 1846)*
  George Marion Logan (1842 - 1846)*
  Solomon J. Logan (1845 - 1845)*
 
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Burial:
US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Rest in peace dear ancestor. I am so proud of you.
- Betty Smith Romick Boustead
 Added: Mar. 14, 2015

- James Snow
 Added: Dec. 27, 2014
God bless you dear ancestor. I am proud of how you served our country during the Civil War. Thanks for your hand in creating Memorial Day in honor of all veterans.
- Beverly Smith Harker
 Added: May. 29, 2014
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