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The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)
Commanders-in-Chief and Membership


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[Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson Founded and served as the Provisional
Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic from
April 6, 1866 to November 21, 1866
] Natl. Location of Dates of Elected Commander-in- National Member Department Encp Encampment Encampment Chief Headquarters -ship of CinC 1 Indianapolis, IN 11/20/1866 Stephen Augustus Hurlburt Springfield, IL ? IL 2 Philadelphia, PA 1/15/1868 John Alexander Logan Washington, DC ? IL 3 Cincinnati, OH 5/12-13/1869 John Alexander Logan Washington, DC ? IL 4 Washington, DC 5/11-12/1870 John Alexander Logan Washington, DC ? IL 5 Boston, MA 5/10-11/1871 Ambrose Everett Burnside NY City, NY 30,174 RI 6 Cleveland, OH 5/8-9/1872 Ambrose Everett Burnside NY City, NY 28,693 RI 7 New Haven, CT 5/14-15/1873 Charles Devens, Jr Boston, MA 29,851 MA 8 Harrisburg, PA 5/13-14/1874 Charles Devens, Jr Boston, MA 28,323 MA 9 Chicago, IL 5/12-13/1875 John Frederick Hartranft Philadelphia, PA 27,966 PA 10 Philadelphia, PA 6/30/1876 John Frederick Hartranft Philadelphia, PA 26,899 PA 11 Providence, RI 6/26-27/1877 John Cleveland Robinson NY City, NY 27,079 NY 12 Springfield, MA 6/4/1878 John Cleveland Robinson NY City, NY 31,016 NY 13 Albany, NY 6/17-18/1879 William Earnshaw Nat. Mil. Home, OH 44,752 OH 14 Dayton, OH 6/8-9/1880 Louis Wagner Philadelphia, PA 60,634 PA 15 Indianapolis, IN 6/15-16/1881 George Sargent Merrill Boston, MA 85,856 MA 16 Baltimore, MD 6/21-23/1882 Paul Vandervoort Omaha, NE 134,701 NE 17 Denver, CO 6/25-26/1883 Robert Burns Beath Philadelphia, PA 225,446 PA 18 Minneapolis, MN 6/23-25/1884 John S. Kountz Toledo, OH 273,168 OH 19 Portland, ME 6/24-25/1885 Samuel Swinfin Burdett Washington, DC 294,787 DC 20 San Fransico, CA 8/4-6/1886 Lucius Fairchild Madison, WI 323,571 WI 21 St. Louis, MO 9/28-30/1887 John Patterson Rea Minneapolis, MN 355,916 MN 22 Columbus, OH 9/12-14/1888 William Warner Kansas City, MO 372,960 MO 23 Milwaukee, WI 8/28-30/1889 Russell Alexander Alger Detroit, MI 372,960 MI 24 Boston, MA 8/13-14/1890 Wheelock Graves Veazey Rutland, VT 409,489 VT 25 Detroit, MI 8/5-7/1891 John Palmer Albany, NY 407,781 NY 26 Washington, DC 9/21-22/1892 Augustus Gordon Weissert Milwaukee, WI 399,880 WI 27 Indianapolis, IN 9/6-7/1893 John Gregory Bishop Adams Lynn, MA 397,223 MA 28 Pittsburgh, PA 9/12-13/1894 Thomas G. Lawler Rockford, IL 369,083 IL 29 Louisville, KY 9/11-13/1895 Ivan N. Walker Indianapolis, IN 357,639 IN 30 St. Paul, MN 9/3-4/1896 Thaddeus Stevens Clarkson Omaha, NE 340,610 NE 31 Buffalo, NY 8/25-27/1897 John Peter Shindel Gobin Philadelphia, PA 319,465 PA 32 Cincinnati, OH 9/5-6/1898 James Andrew Sexton (dio) Philadelphia, PA 305,603 IL William Christie Johnson OH 33 Philadelphia, PA 7/6-7/1899 Albert Duane Shaw Philadelphia, PA 287,918 PA 34 Chicago, IL 8/29-30/1900 Leo Rassieur St. Louis, MO 276,612 MO 35 Cleveland, OH 9/12-13/1901 Ell (Eliakim) Torrance Minneapolis, MN 269,507 MN 36 Washington, DC 10/9-10/1902 Thomas J. Stewart Philadelphia, PA 263,745 PA 37 San Francisco, CA 8/20-21/1903 John Charles Black Chicago, IL 256,510 IL 38 Boston, MA 8/17-18/1904 Wilmon Whilldin Blackmar (dio) Boston, MA 247,340 MA John Rigney King MD 39 Denver, CO 9/7-8/1905 James Tanner Washington, DC 232,455 NY 40 Minneapolis, MN 8/16-17/1906 Robert Burns Brown Zanesville, OH 235,823 OH 41 Saratoga Spr., NY 9/12-13/1907 Charles Germman Burton Kansas City, MO 229,932 MO 42 Toledo, OH 9/3-4/1908 Henry Martin Nevius Jersey City, NJ 225,157 NJ 43 Salt Lake City, UT 8/12-13/1909 Samuel Rinnah VanSant Minneapolis, MN 220,600 MN 44 Atlantic City, NJ 9/22-23/1910 John Edward Gilman Boston, MA 213,901 MA 45 Rochester, NY 8/24-25/1911 Harvey Marion Trimble Chicago, IL 203,410 IL 46 Los Angeles, CA 9/9-14/1912 Alfred Bishop Beers Bridgeport, CT 191,346 CT 47 Chattanooga, TN 9/18-19/1913 Washington Gardner Detroit, MI 180,227 MI 48 Detroit, MI 9/3-4/1914 David James Palmer De Moines, IA 171,335 IA 49 Washington, DC 9/30-10/1/1915 Elias Riggs Monfort Cincinnati, OH 159,853 OH 50 Kansas City, MO 8/28-9/2/1916 William James Patterson Pittsburg, PA 149,074 PA 51 Boston, MA 8/20-25/1917 Orlando Allen Somers Indianapolis, IN 135,931 IN 52 Portland, OR 8/18-24/1918 Clarendon E. Adams Lincoln, NE 120,916 NE 53 Columbus, OH 9/7-13/1919 James David Bell (dio) Brooklyn, NY 110,357 NY Daniel Munson Hall OH 54 Indianapolis, IN 9/19-25/1920 William Alexander Ketcham Indianapolis, IN 103,258 IN 55 Indianapolis, IN 9/25-27/1921 Lewis Stephen Pilcher Brooklyn, NY 93,171 NY 56 Des Moines, IA 9/24-29/1922 James William Willett Des Moines, IA 85,621 IA 57 Milwaukee, WI 9/2-8/1923 Gaylord M. Saltzgaber Van Wert, OH 76,126 OH 58 Boston, MA 8/10-15/1924 Louis F. Arensberg Philadelphia, PA 65,382 IA 59 Grand Rapids, MI 8/30-9/5/1925 John Baptist Inman Springfield, IL 55,817 IL 60 Des Moines, IA 9/19-25/1926 Frank Augustin Walsh Milwaukee, WI 47,179 WI 61 Grand Rapids, MI 9/11-16/1927 Elbridge Lafayette Hawk Sacramento, CA 38,801 CA 62 Denver, CO 9/16-21/1928 John Reese Broken Bow, NE 32,614 NE 63 Portland, ME 9/8-13/1929 Edwin J. Foster Manchester, MA 26,219 MA 64 Cincinnati, OH 8/24-28/1930 James E. Jewel Fort Morgan, CO 21,080 CO 65 Des Moines, IA 9/13-18/1931 Samuel P. Town Philadelphia, PA 16,578 PA 66 Springfield, IL 9/18-24/1932 William P. Wright (dio) Chicago, IL 13,066 IL Russell C. Martin CA 67 St. Paul, MN 9/17-22/1933 Russell C. Martin Los Angeles, CA 10,138 CA 68 Rochester, NY 8/12-18/1934 Alfred Edwin Stacey Syracuse, NY 7,807 NY 69 Grand Rapids, MI 9/8-14/1935 Oley Nelson Des Moines, IA 6,244 IA 70 Washington, DC 9/20-26/1936 Carl Henry William Ruhe Pittsburg, PA 4,391 PA 71 Madison, WI 9/5-10/1937 Overton H. Mennet Los Angeles, CA 3,325 CA 72 Des Moines, IA 9/4-9/1938 Robert McKee Rownd Ripley, NY 2,443 NY 73 Pittsburg, PA 8/27-9/1/1939 John E. Andrew (dio) Quincy, IL 1,701 IL Alexander T. Anderson 74 Springfield, IL 9/8-12/1940 William W. Nixon Jewell, KS 1,039 KS 75 Columbus, OH 9/14-19/1941 George Alvin Gay Nashua, NH 763 NH 76 Indianapolis, IN 9/13-18/1942 John S. Dumser Oakland, CA 518 CA 77 Milwaukee, WI 9/19-24/1943 George H. Jones Oxford, ME 393 ME 78 Des Moines, IA 9/10-15/1944 Isaac W. Sharp Warsaw, IN 249 IN 79 Columbus, OH 9/30-10/5/1945 Hiram R. Gale Seattle, WA 163 WA 80 Indianapolis, IN 8/25-30/1946 John Henry Grate Atwater, Ohio 103 OH 81 Cleveland, OH 8/10-14/1947 Robert Mckee Rownd Ripley, NY 66 NY 82 Grand Rapids, MI 9/26-30/1948 Theodore A. Penland Portland, OR 28 OR 83 Indianapolis, IN 8/28-9/1/1949 Theodore A. Penland Portland, OR 16 OR

Notation: (dio) means that the sitting Commander-in-Chief died in office.

Information provided by:
Alan R. Loomis, PCinC and
George Kane

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